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Carl has spent more than 20 years working with leaders from manufacturing, education, non-profit, and services organizations, and coaching and consulting with leaders since 1998. Carl holds an MEd with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Kent State University and a BA in History from Allegheny College. Carl’s formal coaching training is through Coaches Training Institute.
What is coaching?
Coaching is an ongoing partnering relationship between the professional coach and the client, which focuses on the client taking action toward the realization of their vision, goals or desires. Coaching uses a process of inquiry and personal discovery to build the client’s level of awareness and responsibility and provides the client with structure, support and feedback. The coach does not provide ‘expert’ advice but rather provides a mirror for the client to remain accountable to their goals and objectives.
What is your specific process for coaching?
I do a discovery session with the client asking where he or she is currently, so I can understand their context and potential growth needs. It’s important to see how the client thinks and how and why they believe coaching will help. After that, we design a plan of action to help achieve that person’s goal. I don’t offer a cookie cutter process. Each client is different in their need, and style. The number of sessions and frequency of sessions vary. Between scheduled coaching sessions, the client may be asked to complete specific actions that support the achievement of one’s personally prioritized goals. The coach may provide additional resources in the form of relevant articles, checklists, assessments, or models, to support the individual’s thinking and actions.
What are some typical reasons why someone might engage me as a coach?
Leaders come to me to increase self-awareness, to champion their growth, to augment existing capabilities, or for succession planning – “what do I want to do next with my life professionally and or personally”. A few other reasons that individuals come to me include: career transitioning; personal or professional transitions and sometimes as a sounding board for ideas or difficult situations at work. There are times that I’m simply used as a confidante for clients exploring new things in life.
What are some of the benefits of working with a coach?
Clients gain a more holistic approach to business and personal life. While staying rooted in the client’s values, the coach partners with the client to gain new perspectives to discern a different path or course of action that better aligns with desired outcomes.
What is your philosophy about coaching?
The coaching relationship is not therapy, it is a relationship where the coach advocates for the client by providing clear, honest, and timely feedback while maintaining the dignity of the client at all times. Coaching is forward looking; where is the client now, where do they want to be, what is the path to get from here to there verses how did the client get to where they are now. A coach’s job is to be available but NOT do their job. Having gone through the CTI (Coaches Training Institute (CTI) is the world’s first ICF-accredited coach training program.) coaches training program I support their philosophy. The CTI coaching philosophy holds that people are naturally creative, resourceful and whole — completely capable of finding their own answers to whatever challenges they face. The job of a Co-Active Coach® is to ask powerful questions, listen and empower to elicit the skills and creativity a client already possesses, rather than advise or instruct.
What is a typical duration of the coaching relationship?
Three months to a year is average.