The FK Coaching Process
Every client’s needs are different so every coaching engagement is different. All sessions are customized to the client’s current needs. That said, my general coaching framework is inspired by the work of mythologist Joseph Campbell on The Hero’s Journey:
We begin by the understanding where the client is now and where he/she would like to go. Sometimes the client doesn't know where to start and we can spend a lot of time exploring. We then highlight the client’s strengths, values, skills, relationships and achievements that will support the change process. We also work through barriers that might get in the way. We set our sights on a desired destination or goal, and then brainstorm small steps to get there. Each week, the client experiments with and learns from strategies for achieving his/her goal. Every stage and step takes effort, results in insight, and is worthy of celebration.
How do I know if I’m ready for coaching?
You are ready for coaching when you want to address a change in your life and you’re ready to commit some time and attention to it.
The practice of coaching meets you where you are in the process, for example:
- You know you need a change, but are unsure about what it is. Maybe you feel “stuck and yuck.”
- You’re thinking about a specific change, but don’t feel motivated or know where to start.
- You’re ready to take action and need support to get going and maintain it.
- You’re already taking action, but could use support in harvesting insights and progressing.
Any of these are the right place to start. And progress is usually measured by moving from one step to the next. Note, however, that progress is not only linear. It can also be measured by depth and insight without ever moving “forward.”
Sounds awesome. What’s the catch?
Not gonna lie. There are no easy answers. You have to work for it, but the process can be really fun.
How long does a coaching engagement last?
Short answer: As long as it serves you.
Longer answer: The length of the relationship depends on your goals and needs. It can be a quick dive or an extended collaboration depending on what you want/need. Research tells us that it takes three months (about 7 sessions) to make a meaningful change or instill a new habit, so that's a good starting point.
I usually suggest that we aim for three months but check in at the end of each month to see if we want to continue on. We should only continue if it’s fun and useful. My goal is empower everyone as change-makers and put myself out of business.