introduction to coaching
Coaching is the application of powerful methods and core skills to support your personal and professional development and maximize your performance.
Coaching is a partnership with you at the center of its universe. We will co-create an environment that works for you to help explore your world. We will develop strategies to help you achieve your definition of success. And I will hold you accountable to the commitments you make to yourself.
Coaching challenges your assumptions about the people and events in your life. I will help you explore new perspectives, generate alternative hypothesis, and develop your capacity to thrive within your organization and key relationships.
Coaching supports your experiments and improves your ability to learn from your experience. I will show you how to integrate the information you gain by trying and help maximize your understanding of what works for you. I will help you shorten the time between effort and feedback, to accelerate that learning process and get you more quickly onto the road to success.
Coaching helps you put words around concepts that are hard to describe. I will encourage you to express parts of you - your creative energy and childlike wonder - that you may not have brought out in years. And I will be by your side, encouraging to express your true self in all that you do.
Coaching Is Not For Everything
Coaching is not mentorship. My job is to help you uncover deeply necessary information — about yourself, your desires, your dreams — and to help inform your choices. Once you have redefined and reaffirmed your definition of success, a mentor may be an excellent resource to help accelerate your learning in a particular field or industry. If so, I will gladly guide you as you work to find and recruit a mentor that fits your personality, your inclination, and your goals.
Coaching also is not therapy. Our work will be deeply introspective and often emotional. We will attack your challenges head-on. And that work can be overwhelming or frustrating. It also can be exhilarating. We will work on mindset. We will acknowledge, respect, and work to overcome fear. And I will guide you every step of the way, with the full force of my training and experience. The work to heal mental and emotional wounds, however, is outside my skill-set. I know a number of incredible professional counselors, and I would be happy to connect you if you encounter an area that would be better-served by their training and expertise.
I have master's degrees in Physics and International Affairs and have led scientific and government teams through major reinvention efforts.
I hold a certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance from George Mason University. I am a member of the International Coach Federation and abide by the ICF code of ethics. I also am a licensed facilitator of The Desire Map
Two Options for Individual Coaching
Activate Your Genius
The Activate Your Genius Program might be right for you if...
...you are taking on a new challenge and you want to be sure you have everything you need to succeed...
...you're overwhelmed by a new opportunity and don't know where to start...
...you feel like you have big shoes to fill and you don't want to let anyone down...
Clients typically begin this work when they are just starting out on an individual endeavor - applying for a new job, beginning a new project, starting a solo business, stepping into a new form of activism or advocacy - or taking on a new leadership role.
Get a Gut-Check
THE Coaching Gut-Check MIGHT BE RIGHT FOR YOU IF...
...you're at a fork in the road and don't know which path to take...
...you'd like some clarity around your vision to focus your efforts...
...you need someone to listen while you think out-loud and call you on your bullshit...
...you're not sure about this whole coaching thing and would like to test it out with this low-commitment option...
Clients use this time like a coaching tune-up: Preventative maintenance to ensure everything is running smoothly. To tackle any budding challenges before the get out of hand. And to help integrate what they've learned into an actionable plan to achieve their vision.
*Note: Tailored Output offers a 50% Student Discount on all Organizational and Individual Coaching Programs
I'M ONLY FREE ON THE EVENINGS OR WEEKENDS, WILL THAT WORK?
During our first [no obligation] session, we will talk about what times and days work best for you. We will work to avoid distractions and optimize emotional energy. For example, if an hour of time is consistently open after your weekly staff meeting, but you also consistently feel rushed and drained at that time, we'll want to choose a better day. If you are an early bird and feel the most creative and energetic in the morning before work, we can make that work! Evenings? Weekends? The point is to find a time that supports - instead of detracts from - the work we are doing together.
I DON'T LIVE IN YOUR TOWN, HOW WILL WE MEET?
LOCATION IS NOT AN ISSUE.
The Discover Program is equally effective when we work together by Skype or phone. Even local clients have opted to work remotely because it better fit into their routine.
CAN I EMAIL OR TEXT IN BETWEEN SESSIONS IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
We will co-create a tailored communication and accountability plan that works for both of us. If you work best when you have uninterrupted time to think and process, you got it! If you prefer to receive prompts and reminders to keep you progressing through the assignments, we can build that in. Is your inbox overflowing? Do you prefer short reminders by text? Would you rather I send a Facebook message? These are all things we will discuss in your first session.
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