Developing Your Internal and/or External

Support Systems

It’s helpful to identify the type of support system you would like to focus on in each coaching session.  The support systems are the following:

Internal Support Systems

Developing your talents, strengths and skills:
  • Reflect upon how you handled a recent situation to learn from it. How did it go? What do you wish you had done differently? What can you learn?
  • Plan for an upcoming situation. What is the situation? What do you anticipate? What will be the challenge? What strengths do you wish to put to use? 
 
Being at choice 
  • Reflect on an area of life/career/leadership that feels stuck or out of control and identify a fresh, freeing perspective. Where is there room for choice? What IS in your control? Is it true that you have no say?
  • To reconnect with your purpose or initial motivation for joining an organization/relationship/situation and explore how you might reconnect with that initial purpose.
  • To consider multiple points of view and perspectives and break out of your own limited thinking/beliefs to become a more global, reflective leader.
 
Developing Commitment 
  • Great for when you’re feeling ambivalent or unmotivated about work or another area of life. 
  • Uncover what’s holding you back or what your hesitation is. 
  • Explore what might help you generate commitment or enthusiasm. Make shifts in your approach or new definition to the project to propel into action and follow through.
 
Finding Balance
  • Reflect upon what feels out of balance. What priorities aren’t you attending to? 
  • Identify what you’d like to spend more time on and what you’d like to spend less time on. 
  • Articulate what you’d like to let go of for an upcoming period of time (emotionally or specific activities)
  • Identify what value or priority is becoming more important and to which you’d like to commit more time/energy.
  • Create a temporary but intentional “rebalance” for an intense period of time. 
  • Acknowledge in what ways you are not living your values and the impact on you.
 
Tapping internal resources
  • Exploring what has worked in a similar situation in the past and how you approached it. What’s relevant now?
  • Exploring what strengths and talents you can draw on in any given situation
 

External Support Systems

 
Strategic Planning
  • Mapping out core elements of a strategy
  • Exploring what possible resources can be put to use.
 
Allies & Obstacles
  • Identifying whose support you could enroll and how you could do this.
  • Identifying who might get in the way of what you are trying to achieve and exploring what their competing priorities, disagreements or objections might be.
 
Accountability
  • Exploring what external systems, structures, processes and people might support you in keeping your commitment or putting ideas into action.
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What is Coaching?

Description of Coaching: 
Coaching is a partnership between the Coach and the Client in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires the client to maximize personal and professional potential. It is designed to facilitate the creation and development of personal, professional or business goals and to develop and carry out a strategy/plan for achieving those goals.
 
Coach-Client Relationship:
  • Coach is responsible for holding space for growth and guiding the client toward their highest potential. Coach agrees to confidentiality in matters of the client, active listening, and maintaining the ethics and standards of professional behavior in and out of session. 
 
  • Client is solely responsible for creating and implementing his/her own physical, mental and emotional well-being, decisions, choices, actions and results arising out of or resulting from the coaching relationship and his/her coaching calls and interactions with the Coach. The Client understands that in order to enhance the coaching relationship, the Client agrees to communicate honestly, be open to feedback and assistance and to create the time and energy to participate fully in the program.