How I Work as a Coach

Each professional coach has his or her distinctive style of coaching. I want to share with you how I coach, what I expect of my clients, and what you as my client can expect from me.

I expect your best

By retaining me as your coach, you are making a statement that you are ready to achieve a new level of personal and/or professional excellence. I am prepared to support you to reach for much more than you might have asked of yourself, always in accordance with your stated agenda, and always within your capabilities. It’s my job to help you identify and systematically eliminate obstacles, both internal and external, to your success. It has been my repeated experience that most obstacles are in fact internal (i.e., attitudes, beliefs and habits that get in our way of being all that we are capable of being).

I make direct requests

As your coach, I will help you move into action. I do this by making direct requests, usually in the form of fieldwork like, “Will you commit to accomplishing X by the end of this month?” Or, “I think you are ready for more, so go for it!” You may accept the request, modify it or decline it. I will always support you, however you respond.

I offer observations and suggestions

From time to time I may make specific suggestions on how you might think about a challenge or approach an opportunity. In addition to the ideas and possibilities I’m supporting you to generate I may offer other alternative ideas or food for thought. Sometimes, during a coaching session, I may pick up on something and I will share it with you. Regardless, what you use is your choice and it is important that you always use your own judgment, because you know yourself better than anyone else does.

I don’t “avoid” much

When I hear a funny tone in your voice, become aware of one of your blind spots, or notice something new or different, I will ask you about it. Often, it is these small “moments of truth” which create the opportunity for a significant shift in your thinking, feelings or behavior. Be assured that I will not confront or push; I will merely invite you to look at something. I can do this because we have a relationship based on trust, and such a relationship supports truthful communication.

Your work and your life are yours to manage

You are responsible for your outcomes, how quickly you attain them, and how far you stretch. As your coach, I am your advocate, a catalyst, an accountability partner, and compassionate truth teller. I will provoke you with questions; hold up the mirror so you can identify and leverage your personal strengths. That is where your greatest potential lies. Success looks different for every client, but it's often the shifts in attitudes and thinking which can have the most profound results. I will share principles with you which can increase your success and add to the quality of your life, but I will do so without any insistence that what I share is the “best way” or the way you should do things. I respect you for the mature adult that you are, and always remember that you are creative, capable, wise and good!

Please keep me informed

I ask you to keep me informed about what’s going on in your work and life that may impact our coaching, as well as what you need from me as your coach. Remember, it’s your agenda!

Our relationship is confidential

The information you share with me will be kept strictly confidential. I will not discuss anything regarding your coaching with anyone else within or outside the organization without your explicit permission. I will also not use your name as a reference without first obtaining your verbal or written consent. You, of course, may feel free to discuss your coaching with others, as you deem appropriate.

Pathway to Possibility Inc.
188 Westlake Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4C 4S4
(416) 669-4586
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