A typical coaching engagement begins with a low-stakes conversation. While this is not necessarily a coaching conversation, it is a chance for us to get to know each other a little bit and to find out what you are looking for. The method of coaching that I typically use is the method taught by Integral Coaching Canada. If we discover that there is a match, then we can begin to put in place the three things that comprise a coaching engagement. They are:
1) Your topic, and why it is important to you.
Central to the coaching method I use is what I call your topic. Your topic is what you bring to our engagement as the central thing you wish to focus on and change through our work together. Topics that my clients bring tend to revolve around business-related skills, capacities, and goals but they do not need to be exclusive to them. No two topics are exactly alike and before a successful coaching engagement can begin, we need to know exactly what you want to see change!
I always work under the assumption THAT your topic is important, otherwise you wouldn’t be seeking me out. But in our first conversation we need to understand why your topic is important to you. As your coach, I need to be able to look at the world through your eyes, and to do this effectively I need to understand why this topic matters deeply to you.Continue reading...
Most coaches do something that I call “look AT you” which means that they are trained to look at you and offer things that could improve your situation. This can be enormously helpful, but at the same time quite limited because they are things that the coach would do if they were you. I want to find out why this topic is important to you because I need to “look AS you” so that I can offer you things that you are able to do (but might not necessarily see yet).
Not many coaches do this. When somebody looks at your topic through your eyes, suddenly you are not alone in your struggle. A skilled coach can not only give advice and perspective, but they can do so based on what the world looks like in your world...not theirs.
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2) The duration of time you wish to choose.
3) Standard Fee for Service or Sacred Economics.
I have a standard rate for my services. In the executive coaching industry my rates are in the mid-market range, and many organizations that I coach for have a standard process through which executive coaching is offered, including the purchase order and statement of work.
However, if your organization does not support you in sourcing executive coaching, or if you are open to an alternative pricing model, for a select number of clients I also offer the option of using Sacred Economics.
Sacred Economics was developed by an economist named Charles Eisenstein, and I use a version that I have adapted to the executive coaching and consulting space. At the core of Sacred Economics is “true value transfer.” This is achieved by using the Gift Economy. That is, if you choose to engage with me using the principles of Sacred Economics you will be choosing to receive a gift from a client who has come before you. You will never meet the client who has gifted you your seat, but if you experience value from our coaching engagement you will have the opportunity to self-assess how much value you have received and gift it forward to the next client entering my practice using these same principles.
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1) 90 Minute Intake Conversation.
Every coaching engagement using the Integral Coaching Method™ begins with an Intake Conversation. The Intake is where I learn about your topic and why it is important to you. It is also where I start the rigorous work of building your AQAL Constellation™. To do this, I will have lots of questions, some of which will be quite conventional and some of which will be a little unconventional. We will always discuss boundaries when it comes to different questions, and you will not be asked to answer anything that you feel crosses a boundary for you.
An AQAL Constellation™ refers to the rigorous methodology taught by Integral Coaching Canada® that I use to guide our coaching engagement. It is based on Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory and it stands for All Quadrants, All Levels, All Lines, All States, and All Types, or AQAL for short. You are not required to know anything about Integral Theory at all, but just know that this is a map of human development that I find quite useful. The questions I ask during an Intake Conversation are designed to build as robust a picture as possible about you and how you relate to your topic, and they help me tune-in very efficiently to the most effective areas to focus on for our coaching engagement.
AQAL Constellation™ is a trademarked term belonging to Integral Coaching Canada ® and licensed to me for professional use.
The intention during the Intake Conversation is to build enough information to do two things: 1) to understand as clearly as possible the way you have currently approached your topic, and 2) to see the world from your eyes so that I can build a coaching program that is uniquely tailored to leverage your strengths, and targeted for your potential strengths.
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2) 3-way conversation with your sponsoring executive (if applicable) to establish expectations, gather input, and define boundaries.
3) 90 Minute Offer Conversation (including metaphors, developmental objectives, coaching program, and practice write-ups).
The Offer Conversation is where I “offer” you your coaching program.
This conversation comes in our second official meeting as coach and client. It typically lasts 90 minutes and it has three parts.
3) Next steps.
In the first part I will confirm your topic and why it is important to you. Because 1-2 weeks typically pass between our Intake Conversation and this one, we start by confirming these two things to give you the space to add any nuances to the language and make any necessary changes.
Once your topic is confirmed and we feel solid that this is the thing that we are going to be working on together for our coaching engagement, we move to the second part of the conversation. This part is where I offer you your Coaching Program. I will be offering you a coaching program that is uniquely tailored to you. I make my offer to you literally as an “offer”, since we will discuss it together to agree upon using it. It represents my best professional work, but it is not something that we hold strongly to if there is something in it that you cannot live with. My introduction of the Coaching Program to you is an “offer” not a dictation.
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4) Pre-engagement Lectical Leadership Decision Making Assessment (LDMA).
Lectical® Assessments target a specific set of skills and concepts, such as those involved in managerial decison-making, ethical reasoning, mindfulness, and self-understanding. The primary one that I use, the LDMA (Leadership Decision Making Assessment), focuses on executive skills like the decision-making process, contextual reasoning, and perspective taking and seeking.
In the executive coaching industry there are few coaches who measure what they do, and there are fewer coaches who are able to measure accurately. Lectical® Assessments are the first assessment that measures executive decision making, ethical reasoning, mindfulness, and self-understanding in a statistically valid and reliable manner.
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5) Meeting every 2 weeks for 60 minute "Cycle of Development" coaching conversations.
6) Post-engagement Lectical Leadership Decision Making Assessment (LDMA) and debrief.
7) 90 minute completion conversation at the end of our engagement.
8) 3-way completion conversation with your sponsoring executive (if applicable).