What Is Co-Active Coaching?
Co-Active Coaching is an experience of personal and professional development unlike other kinds of coaching. Based on the Co-Active Model, it begins by holding you as naturally creative, resourceful and whole, and completely capable of finding your own answers to whatever challenges you face. It is a form of conversation that involves the active and collaborative participation of both me as your coach and you as the client. It’s a space where you can come to figure out more about who you are and what you want from your life where there is no judgement or expectation around what you think, feel or believe. You will be invited, encouraged, and challenged to think differently about yourself and how you interact with the world around you.
My Role As Your Coach
My job as a Co-Active coach is to ask powerful questions, listen and empower to elicit the skills and creativity you already possess, rather than instruct or advise. When you choose to continue to work with me after your initial free coaching session (you will have the opportunity to take time to think about it before committing), our next session would be a “Discovery Session” which typically lasts from 90 minutes to 2 hours. In this session, you have the opportunity to tell me what it is you want from coaching (your goals), as well as what inspires you, what ticks you off, what moves you, and how satisfied you are in different areas of your life. You also get to tell me what you need and want from me as your coach. This is our starting point and it can be reviewed and adjusted as you grow and change.
After the “Discovery Session” you will typically have a one-hour session either in person, over the phone or via Skype (depending where you live in relation to me) every two weeks. The topic of each session will be whatever is important to you in that moment and we will work with what shows up and take it from there. As a Co-Active coach, I will work with you on the topic, but will also hold a focus on you as a whole person who is dealing with this particular topic. I will also commit to holding your agenda for why you came to coaching in the first place and so will continue to check in with your original goals so we can modify them appropriately based on what you discover and unlock in yourself along the way.
In a nutshell – show up, be honest, commit to yourself, hold yourself accountable to your decisions and actions, and have as much fun as possible in this voyage of self-discovery! You should look to commit at least 3 months to our coaching relationship to be able to see real, positive change in your life.
Based on our conversations, you will have some further thinking, reflecting or action to take before your next session where you get further insight into what you have chosen to commit to in pursuit of your own happiness and fulfillment.