Think about sports for a moment… football, baseball, basketball, soccer, gymnastics or golf. Whether these are team or individual, all these sports have coaches. Even the best players and teams have coaches. Imagine a team playing without a coach. You can’t, can you?
The coach isn’t one of the players and their job isn’t to be on the field playing with the other players. The coach is there to guide the team, to see the game from a different perspective and to offer insight so each player can play at their absolute best.
That’s what Coaching is. And specifically, I coach people in the “game” called their careers.
Coaching is working with an objective person, a person who can help the client see things from a different point of view, often because the client is “too close” to the matter at hand to see other perspectives. This can open up a world of possibilities!
In order for the coaching process to work, first the client has to want the coaching. (Remember the sports analogy? A coach won’t help the player who doesn’t even want to play). The client also has to be fully committed to the coaching process. And they have to be open to hear and explore things that might be a bit uncomfortable. (Yes, I might tell you things you don’t want to hear but I promise always to be honest!) Being fully committed means being committed to the process, to the sessions, and to the work in between.
We’ll start with determining what you want to get out of coaching. This will help us establish your goals. We’ll also do a Values Assessment. (It sounds pretty deep, huh? Someone once told me, “Never work for a company whose principles and values don’t match your own.” Boy, did that hit home. And they were right. So, we’ll take an honest look at your own values.)
The Values Assessment will help us define your “who”. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete an Energy Leadership Index Assessment (more on that below, but this is the “how”). These components will be the basis for our sessions and help us align your “who”, “how”, and “what”.
We can meet in person, by video conference, or by phone. I prefer at least the first session to be in person or by video conference so we can get a jump start on getting to know each other. After that, we can meet via phone and most sessions last between 45 and 60 minutes.
Oh… if you’re interested in the Custom Fit approach, we can incorporate all or some of these into your plan. Some people have their own ideas already or just want a few connection points because they’re already deep into the interview process and want a sounding board during just that time. All these – and what other ideas you have – work, too!
You’re probably familiar with personality tests like Myers Briggs, DISC, and Enneagram.
These are great tools and can help you understand your strengths, embrace your weaknesses, and discover how you can work to achieve your full potential. These tools typically support a “work with what you have” approach, and assessment results don’t often change over time.
The ELI is different. It’s an attitudinal assessment tool that captures how an individual currently perceives and approaches their work and life. It assesses how one “shows up” in their environment. The real benefit of the ELI is the awareness it can bring; it can help increase one’s consciousness and understanding. And with that, one (you!) can make different, more intentional, choices about your career – and your life. Yes, what we’ll work on will not only help you in your career but it will help you in your personal life, too! (It’s done that for me!)
But don’t take just my word for it. Forbes recently named the ELI as one of the “11 Assessments Every Executive Should Take”, stating:
“The Energy Leadership Index Assessment provides a unique lens on self-awareness and emotional intelligence, two key ingredients for any leader. Situational awareness of yourself and others is critical for a leader to respond appropriately to the people in their charge. Understanding where you are at any moment and how you respond to stress can make all the difference.”