A coach guides you through a thought-provoking self-discovery process, inspiring you to find the path that maximizes your personal and professional potential. First and foremost, a coach honors you as the expert in your own life and work, believing that every client is creative, resourceful and whole. A coach is trained to listen, observe and customize the approach to fit your needs — and encourages you to explore and understand the barriers that keep you from reaching your full potential. A coach’s role is to give you the tools and resources needed to better navigate your personal and professional life.
Coaching is fundamentally about moving forward and preparing for the future. Think of a professional golfer or tennis star. These athletes rely on coaches to bring out their best performance. Pay attention, and you’ll see that highly successful coaches train the “whole” athlete, combining physical, psychological and mental aspects to support personal growth.
We use the same principle in Ontological Coaching. A good coach nurtures your untapped potential, moving you to ever-higher levels of responsibility and accountability — at times beyond your comfort zone — to help you reach your goals. The fundamental belief is that YOU are capable of creating your own solution.
In contrast, traditional counseling and psychotherapy typically focus on resolving issues rooted in the past, from abuse and addiction to trauma. Counseling strives to heal psychological or physical conditions, with the goal of reaching a healthier emotional state and achieving overall well-being.
Consultants, on the other hand, offer specialized expertise and prescribed solutions to “fix” things. Goals are often based on business objectives such as increasing revenue, improving productivity or mastering the skills needed for a new role. In a consulting relationship, you pose a problem or deficiency, and the consultant applies his or her expertise to recommend a solution and define action items.
Ontological Coaching is a fierce art — not a science. Great coaches draw from their intuition and inherent creativity to help clients find success, personal growth and fulfillment. In this sense, the approach gets to the heart of what it means to be human. Julio Olalla, one of the early pioneers of executive coaching and the founder of the Ontological® Approach, said it best:
“It is about wisdom and having a love affair with questions. Knowledge is a love affair with answers. We are so attracted by knowledge — we measure it, possess it, patent it — that we’ve lost concern for wisdom.”
A coach coming from a place of wisdom has a natural curiosity, which stimulates questions and opens new doorways for their clients. These questions don’t necessarily need to be answered. Instead, they are offered in guidance, pointing to a “way of being” that shifts your perception of the circumstances surrounding you and leads you to different actions and better results.
Ontological Coaching is a powerful, multidimensional approach to unlocking deep issues that block us from moving forward. It examines the complex interrelationships among language, listening, speaking, conversational typology, stories, moods and emotions, physiological states and body posture to provide a richer, deeper understanding of how to move your life forward.
I am hired either by individuals or by the organization on behalf of an individual or a group of individuals. I coach in-person at my coaching studio on an urban farm in Boulder, CO or by phone. I work with business professionals and executives throughout the U.S. and internationally.
As a professional coach, I am sanctioned by the International Coaching Federation to abide by and uphold the ethical guidelines of the coaching profession. I hold all coaching conversations to be confidential and will not reveal any aspect of the coaching relationship to any outside party without the express written permission of the client. I create powerful spoken agreements with my clients about all aspects of our coaching relationship including confidentiality.
During our initial conversations, we’ll take some time to get to know one another and discuss a plan that best serves your needs. My minimum contract length is 6 months, with one coaching session of 60 minutes per week for the first 3 weeks of every month. I only work with highly committed individuals who are “all in” on coaching. I also offer an 18 month customized package. Ask me about it. We can meet in-person at my coaching studio, over the phone, in your office or a combination — whatever meets your needs. My services include virtually unlimited coaching – I am your lifeline. You’ll have access to me via email, text communications and short ‘spot coaching’ phone calls in between sessions.
It depends. Let’s talk about what you want to achieve. From there, we may decide together to assign specific tasks to help you progress. These could include making self-observations, recording challenges or practicing your communication skills. The goal of these informal assignments is to identify areas of focus between sessions and move you closer to meeting your objectives.
Like everything in life, real change takes time. Coaching engagements vary in length from six months to several years. I believe a minimum of six months of coaching is necessary to build and maintain momentum. The length of the engagement and the frequency of the sessions are tailored to your needs. You can count on an open dialogue with me to discuss your goals, monitor progress and make any adjustments we need in our relationship to get results.
I cannot guarantee a specific monetary or career outcome, but I can guarantee that if you are 100% invested in yourself you will see positive changes that will help you reach your goals.
Absolutely! I have been coached by the best in the profession. Having a coach makes me a better coach. That’s because I experience the very same process of growth and development that I ask you to undertake. I believe in the monetary and personal investment of coaching. I am currently enrolled in two different coach training programs through 2016. I dedicate many hours in a year to the advancement of my profession. Being coached takes enormous courage, which is one of the reasons why it is so effective at changing lives. Where else in life do we regularly schedule acts of courage?