Individual and team coaching represents an
opportunity for you to create more effective work habits or life habits. The
two actually go hand-in-hand. Whether you want to increase your ability to
interact more effectively with others or with yourself, or feel more
confident giving performance feedback to your direct reports, a coach can
assist you in setting and meeting your goals.
coaching views each person as an observer/participant of the world in which
he or she lives. There are three inter-related areas or domains that give
rise to the world as an individual sees it: language, body disposition, and
emotion. As much as we might like to think these domains are separate, they
are completely interlinked. The perceived "self" was created by choices the
individual made, or by the happenstance of the experience of living. The
story or narrative that an individual makes up to give meaning to that
experience determines for him/her how to think and speak, how to hold the
body and face, and how to handle emotions in public, and in private.
Ontological coaching looks at these three domains to examine how this
individual "self" has created this person’s view. Through ontological
coaching, using those same three domains, the client or coachee identifies
the changes he/she desires to live life more fully.
Coaching is different from psychological counseling in two important ways.
First of all, my coaching starts with the premise that you are fine the way
you are – there is nothing wrong with you. You can choose to transform
yourself, with the help of a coach. Secondly, coaching assists you to design
a new "self" by introducing changes you want and supports you in your
transformation. Psychology tends to focus on preserving the current "self"
and optimizing those traits. Ontological coaching opens the possibility to
innovation, change, and transformation to the "self" you wish to be.
with your current situation, a desire to be respond differently, or feeling
stuck in a repeating pattern are all symptoms of your readiness to transform
yourself through coaching. In the coaching relationship, you are the goal
setter. You are the visionary. You are in charge of the process of your own
self-improvement. As your coach, I observe and question, reflect and
suggest, and hold you accountable to the goals you set.
We can work together in several ways. Our coaching sessions can be in person
or by telephone, with you as an individual or as part of a team. We can
focus on work-related goals or personal goals. My experience with clients
suggests that both areas relate to and affect one another. We will start our
coaching conversation where you wish to begin it and follow the thread of
your transformational goals.
For a free 15-minute introductory session about coaching, please call (703)
850-1951 so we can schedule a mutually convenient time to have a