Coaching immerses you in a thought-provoking and creative process that helps you advance toward your personal and professional goals. Coaching takes you away from the noise and whirlwind of day-to-day life and gives you space to explore your ideas and challenges in a non-judgmental environment. By creating awareness of current challenges and future desires, you plan real-life actions that move you forward to a better place.
Coaching could help you move to a better place in any of these areas.
- Business growth and Innovation
- Leading and developing people
- Managing and improving performance
- Process analysis and implementation
- Talent development
- Organizational development
- Teamwork and team building
- Relationships with peers, bosses, and boards
- Solving problems and meeting challenges
- Change management
- Emotional Intelligence
- Strengths-Based and Appreciative Coaching
- Realization of personal goals and ambitions
- Career development
Coaching is distinctive from other professional services that you may encounter.
For example, coaching is not consulting. In consulting, you pay me to tell you what you should do. In coaching, you create your own path.
Coaching is not managing. In managing, I serve as an authority figure, giving you instructions and tasks and holding you accountable. In coaching, you choose what you want to talk about and what you want to do, holding yourself accountable at whatever level you decide.
Coaching is not training. In training, I teach you skills and concepts from a position of expertise. In coaching, you learn from self-discovery within your own expertise and knowledge base.
Coaching is not mentoring. In mentoring, I share from my own personal life experiences and career lessons. In coaching, you understand your own life experiences so that you build the unique future that you desire.
Coaching is not advising. In advising, I would provide tips and techniques to help with spiritual, legal, financial, marital, and other personal issues. In coaching, you will explore meaningful, far-reaching steps for improving your organization, professional life, and career.
Coaching is not counseling. In counseling, I would emphasize your past: what went wrong, who is to blame, how did it happen. In coaching, you will emphasize your future: what do you want, how do you get there, what do you need to make it happen.
Coaching is not therapy. In therapy, I would provide assistance with deeper personal psychiatric, mental, and emotional issues. In coaching, you develop a practical, reasonable, and actionable plan to move to a better place.
If you need a consultant, manager, trainer, mentor, advisor, counselor, or therapist, I am not your choice. If you are ready for a coach, then let’s connect!
When you are ready to start toward a better place, you and I will agree on a coaching plan that makes sense for both of us.
I completed my graduate studies in Executive and Professional Coaching from the Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). The coaching process I use is the Solutions-Based Four-Square Framework developed by Dr. Robert Hicks and taught at UTD. Solutions-Based Coaching helps you define, discover, dream, design, and deliver the future state you desire.
All sessions are conducted according to the Core Competencies and Code of Ethics of the International Coach Federation (ICF). I hold the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification from the ICF.
All sessions are conducted according to our Coaching Agreement. Prior to the first session, I will ask you to sign a Coaching Agreement that confirms details about when, where, and how we will meet. The Agreement also has disclaimers related to your rights and responsibilities as an Executive Coaching client. Our coaching partnership begins when I have your signed agreement in hand.
Coaching conversations occur in a series of 50-minute sessions, which can be done in person or virtually. Team and Group Coaching sessions may last longer, depending on the size of the team or group. I will do all I can to meet your scheduling needs, including early morning, evening, and Saturday morning sessions.
All initial coaching agreements are set for three months. We will decide in the initial consultation whether we need to meet weekly or every two weeks. Team Coaching or Group Coaching sessions can be every two weeks or once monthly.
At the end of three months, if you want to continue the conversations, we will. However, all individual coaching agreements end after six months. Team and Group Coaching arrangements can last as long as one year.
The first session will be introductory, so that I can get better acquainted with you and explain further how coaching works. I will send you questions in advance for this conversation.
For every subsequent session, you come prepared with a topic that you want to explore. You set the agenda for every session!
To ensure that we use your time wisely, at the start of each session you and I will agree on the goals for that conversation. “What do you want to have when the conversation ends?”
Then through questions and reflection, you will talk through the topic with me. Occasionally, I may offer a suggestion or a redirect, but by and large this is your time to think, talk, and dream. Questions encourage you to think deeply about the topic, explore your options, and envision a better place.
By the end of each session, you will have a plan of “next steps” intended to move you closer to your better place. These are not homework or assignments. They are steps you want to take to create the future you desire.