“I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities.”
- Whoopi Goldberg
You can expect a collaborative, ‘co-active’ journey and supportive relationship. I offer a safe space for open, honest discussion and self-discovery. My clients often say that they welcome the chance to 'speak and be heard’, without judgment. Others have also highlighted that the sessions served as an important ‘pressure-valve’, confidence booster and action generator.
You gain clarity on your interests, values and beliefs and perhaps unlearn some cognitive or subconscious biases which anchor you. With me alongside to provoke your reflection on situations, dynamics, challenges and your strengths within, you develop clearer perspective.
Outcome-focused and action-orientated, coaching will help you to gain clarity as you consider, assess – and perhaps reassess – specific ‘one-off’ challenges that you may be facing or more overarching business and life goals.
I often hear from my Clients that over the course of the coaching programme with me, through both the discussions and exercises, they felt themselves gradually become more self-reliant, imbued with self-belief and a sense of purpose. Clients tell me they have become aware of their own power, capability and ability to see the possibility before them. It was for that reason that I was inspired to call my practice “The Possibility.”
The very first step is a no-charge initial discussion. During the session, you will be able to ask questions you might have about coaching, get a sense of how we might work together, and decide whether coaching is for you. If yours is a ‘yes’, the next step for us is a discovery session and, from that, we establish what programme would be most suitable to you.
Coaching is best served by the building of a relationship between Client and Coach, and that is difficult to create with a ‘one off’ session rather than a series of sessions, a ‘coaching programme.’ This being the case, I rarely work with Clients on a single session basis but recommend commitment to a coaching programme.
Typically, a Client brings one larger or overarching goal to address such that the topic of each session over the course of a programme is connected to achievement of the ultimate goal. We explore what might be holding you back and what resources and experiences are there for you to harness. You discover what you have within you and around you; the possibilities awaiting you, to achieve your goal.
Having one larger or overarching coaching goal does not preclude your bringing to a coaching occasion a very specific and pressing issue to discuss. In my experience, at some time during the course of many programmes, a topic arises which takes precedence over the larger or overarching programme goal. As we all know, “things happen” and flexing to the occasion is a cornerstone of my coaching practice.
It is important for you to know that each coaching programme is tailored to you and therefore there is no clear cut answer to the question of length of a programme. However, typical programmes run six months to one year, with meetings twice a month at the onset of a programme, moving to one meeting every three weeks or monthly thereafter. The interval between meetings is flexible, but sufficient time must exist between sessions for you to make progress on any action plans. Sessions can run from 30 minutes to two hours in length, though typically scheduled for 60 to 90 minutes. This is based on your availability and budget, as well as your topics and end-goals.
Coaching is not psychological counselling or psychotherapy, nor is it designed as a replacement for therapy. While there is a similarity in the fact that in each there is a safe space created for self-exploration, therapy is backward looking whereas coaching looks to the future and is action-orientated and outcome-focused.
Coaching is not teaching or training, it’s a process of self-discovery. As your coach, I guide and support you on this journey, by using active listening skills and asking powerful questions to have you consider and challenge your limiting beliefs, identifying goals and possibilities; and designing actions to achieve your goals.
Mentoring refers to an activity where one person guides another, usually in a work or school environment. Consulting/advice may or may not be included in mentoring but it includes counselling, as does mentoring. In these roles, as ‘consultant’, ‘advisor’ or ‘mentor’ the Client is pupil to an expert, or someone more knowledgeable about an area or interest, topic or need. This is different to the coaching arrangement, where the Coach and Client are on equal footing, a joint, equal relationship.
I have often had Clients who, for a particular session or meeting, contract with me separately for provision of consulting advice, veering away from the Coach role. The topics on these occasions have included dimensions related to my business experience: career management, career transitions, communication, business development, high impact leadership.
The primary approach for accomplishing this is to be clear, at the onset of a session or meeting, of the purpose. That includes reinforcing, for understanding, the distinction between my Coach role and the consultant / advisor role I would be performing on that particular occasion.
Most important is that you, as Client, secure from a session what is most important to you, for you. As such, each session, as well as the programme in its entirety, is uniquely tailored to you.
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