What Can I Expect?
Some time ago I entered into a virtual coaching relationship with someone who was successful in their current career. At the point where we started they were contemplating a possible change in their personal life that might result in a need to change directions professionally. During our initial consultation we discussed the anticipated change and resulting impact; and the coachee’s goal to explore possible career trajectories.
We met for an hour every two weeks for four months. The coaching conversations focused on the coachee’s talents, skills, and life experiences. The coachee shared stories about their professional successes and what skills were used to achieve those successes. We spent significant time exploring personal values, how they had impacted past choices, and could be relied upon to anchor their future career choices. The coachee had recently completed a multi-rater professional development assessment, and we spent time discussing the results.
Each meeting started by establishing the goals of the coachee for that session. We then would review any actions taken since the previous meeting. While each session followed the goals set for that session, we also worked at moving forward on the overarching goals, with periodic check-ins to confirm that they continued or needed to be revised. The sessions would conclude by a re-cap of the discussions and any identified action steps. We would then agree upon a day and time for our next meeting.
We did an assessment at the end of these session, to review the original goals, and to determine progress toward meeting that goal. The coachee reported significant satisfaction with the results and with the process. I don’t know the end of this story, as the personal change hadn’t yet happened. However, through the process of identifying values, and reviewing skills and successes, they reported increased self-confidence and improved interpersonal relationships in the coachee’s current work.