1step2LEAP has been successfully coaching clients all over the world since February 2016.
I have been asked many times on formal and informal occasions – what is it that you exactly do? How do you generate results for your clients? What method do you use? What process do you use? What therapy (yes you read it correctly – I have been asked about therapy!) you do?
The truth is I use my self-developed U-ACHIEVE model. Just because I use a model, does it mean I use a cookie-cutter approach? The answer is a BIG NO. This model is a framework. It’s happening in the background. Some of my clients perhaps are unaware that this model is working in the background during the entire coaching period.
The model has got results for my clients and is the foundation of my coaching practice. As I close in on a 2 year coaching business anniversary, I have decided to create a 4 part series, describing how each component of the U- ACHIEVE model works to create lasting results for clients.
This article series will help aspiring coaches, new coaches and the aspiring to get coached public to get a good feel for what really is involved in the coaching process at 1step2LEAP.
Part 1: U – You are always in the driver’s seat
U = You here is the client. In a coaching process, the client is always in the driver’s seat. While this is always clear in a coach-coachee relationship, it may not be truly reflected in the coaching areas identified by the client.
At times the client brings to the table what his boss, what her mother, what his colleagues, what her subordinates, what Facebook, what LinkedIn etc. is expecting from him/her to be “successful/good” and these expectations become the areas of coaching identified by the client.
As a coach, I work with clients on what they want. Coaching creates the safe space where the clients open a dialogue to figure what is stirring inside. In coaching at 1step2LEAP a client is given an opportunity to dive inside and identify their genuine agenda.
I had a client walking in with wanting to be coached on weight loss and left with “wanting to be accepted the way she is” as the core identified area of coaching. Today she beams with confidence and is comfortable in her own skin. Fitness is on agenda for sure, but weight loss as a reason to feel accepted is no longer her concern. (Weight loss had become her agenda due to constant comparison she was doing on Instagram – she did not know the damage it was doing to her self –confidence)
In corporate coaching, sometimes this is a dilemma. I was faced with a situation where the client sponsor wanted the client to become a better leader and the client wanted team members to perform better. It took 2 months for the client to make leadership improvement her agenda. “Rupa I think it’s best for me to improve my strategy, I want to improve as a team leader to extract the best out of my team”. Until this conclusion came from her, I as a coach could not dictate her agenda by saying “Hey! Your sponsor thinks you need to improve/change your leadership style!” Once she owned her agenda, once she was truly the driver of the agenda, her progress was rapid. The CEO told the HR that the client is truly performing better as a leader today.
Message to new coaches, aspiring coaches:
The client is always in the driver’s seat. The client knows what’s best for them. You cannot tell them what is good for them or what you think is a better agenda for them. Active Silence is a great way to allow the clients to access their own agenda. From time to time, I have also given my clients small experiments to do which have led them to greater clarity about what is that they really want.
Message to those who want to sign up for coaching:
You are always in the driver’s seat. This is not a place where you will be directed, instructed, advised to do something. You are given access to a safe space so that you can access your agenda without judgments.
Look out for part 2: Assess where you are & where you want to be
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