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OUR COACHING PHILOSOPHY

...is based on four foundational pillars: partnership, trust, communication and inquiry. These are the foundation for my relationship with my clients and serve as the core of my toolkit I utilize to help my clients tackle change, grow and thrive.


PARTNERSHIP

What if you had a two-person think tank with endless opportunities to  propel your career forward? In addition to the partnership we create  for you, I will teach you the tools I have to strengthen and build you  relationships at your workplace. My job is to provide you with the tools  needed to design a career management plan or meet other career goals.  It’s your job to make decisions, think and brainstorm, and follow  through on assignments.


BUILDING TRUST

The definition of trust is “assured reliance on the character,  ability, strength, or truth of someone; one in which confidence is  placed.” Trust is a tall order. When you hire a career coach, you place  your confidence in the coach to help you find jobs, develop succession  plans, gain promotions, and attain quality of life.


With every step we take together I want to be your trusted advisor. Coaching happens in a collaborative relationship based on mutual trust with a high degree of openness between both parties. Creating a strong foundation of trust is the first step in building every coaching relationship. Before a coach can find ways to help a client change patterns in their life, the coach needs to build a helping and caring relationship with their client. Clients need to know that their coach cares about them and their successes and has taken the time and effort to truly understand them.At a foundational level, I create trust by: 


  • Creating a safe, confidential space for you to authentically share successes, failures, fears and challenges.
  • Being an excellent listener. 
  • Being a guide rather than an expert. Being a guide means holding clients’ hands through their journey, rather than forcing them to do things a certain way. I share information in a way that allows you to learn new thought patterns while keeping the information at the your level. 
  • Regarding you as whole and the expert on you. As your trusted advisor, I am simply here to help you uncover your strengths and show you how to remove the obstacles. 


COMMUNICATION

The core of my communication strategy is to listen to you and be  present with you. Listening is an underrated communication skill, but  the most important tool I have. By listening intently to you, I can  assess your communication skills that are important in your job search,  but I can also determine what you mean to say from what you may actually  be verbalizing. For example, if my client has worked in a manufacturing  environment her entire life but keeps talking about how she’s helped  coworkers negotiate better salaries and benefits, I might determine that  a career change to human resources is a good avenue for her to explore.  Listening allows me to read between your lines.


INQUIRY

One of the things I love the most about coaching is getting to know my clients and I do this through humble inquiry.  You are the expert on you. I stay present with you and ask you  questions so that we can co-create your next steps. I do this by:

  • Asking a simple open-ended question to get additional information
  • Pausing (even briefly) to create space for dialogue and joint problem-solving

It’s that simple and that important.

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