Our Leadership Coaching Methodology
Professional coaching is recognized as a key to success for high-performers in any realm of sports. Behind any successful athlete looking to accelerate his or her performance improvement is a wise, skilled coach.
Over the past 25 years, coaching principles have been adapted to the world of work, drawing upon the fields of developmental psychology, human systems thinking and adult learning. Today's professionally certified leadership coaches are equipped with proven methods, standards and codes of ethical practice.
Formed in 1995, the International Coaching Federation is the leading certification organization for the profession, with over 21,000 members. We subscribe to the ICF Code of Ethics in furtherance of our commitment to deliver the highest caliber of services to our clients.
Frederic Hudson, PhD, a pioneer in the profession and founder of The Hudson Institute of Coaching, described coaching this way:
“The 21st century backdrop for everyone's story is never-ending whitewater. We feel today like we're on rafts floating down a commanding river... The image of the river captures two qualities central to our experience of change: a sense of chaotic power beyond our control and sense of never-ending adventure requiring our continual vigilance and readiness... When people feel at home on this river, they cooperate with the flow, learn to navigate, and anticipate the forthcoming ports-of-call... The river journey of our lives flows in a cycle, with recurring patterns of events and life tasks." (Hudson, The Adult Years: Mastering the Art of Self-Renewal)
The role of the coach, therefore, is not that of a therapist (looking backward) or a consultant (fixing a problem). It is like that of a river guide who sits in the raft just behind the client, helping him or her make sense of the journey, advance their learning and make changes of their choosing to reach their goals.
Great firms like Intel, Home Depot and TaylorMade Golf invest in good leaders to product Great Leaders who, in turn, produce positive business results.
"The coach works with clients to achieve speedy, increased and sustainable effectiveness in their lives and careers through focused learning. The coach's sole aim is to work with the client to achieve all of the client's potential - as defined by the client." (Rogers, 2011)