There are a few unique things about the way I approach coaching. First of all, I consider the client in a coaching engagement to be the "boss" of the person being coached. This means I'm working as a partner to the person who will be doing the on-the-job coaching work. Second, my approach is very data oriented. Up front, I do an extensive set of interviews with 12-15 stakeholders who can provide a rich perspective on the person being coached. Finally, I use this same data collection method to gauge progress along the way, and to determine what progress we've made over the engagement.
On other key item: unlike many coaches, I'm not looking to build up a long term book of clients. My goal is to work quickly, precisely, and effectively - and then get on with business. So an average coaching engagement for me is about four months long.
"Where we ARE NOW"
Conduct "fact finding" 360 interviews with 12-15 key stakeholders
Summary of findings prepared for client and his/her boss
“what to work on”
Face to face meeting to review summary report
Meet with boss to agree on top priorities and metrics
Draft leadership goals and road map for our efforts
“work the process”
Approximately 60 minute video calls (Zoom, google, Teams, etc.)
Structured series of topics, readings, exercises and discussions
Mid-point calibration: brief call with boss, quick phone survey of stakeholders, update self-assessment
Compare data to baseline; gauge progress and tweak as needed
“have we delivered”
Quick calls with stakeholders to identify changes
Present summary of stakeholder perspectives
Meet with boss to discuss changes
Hand over leadership development plan to boss for ongoing work