A Coaching Model Created by Allison Everest
(Expatriate Coaching, UNITED KINGDOM)
Whilst each coaching session and each client is unique, I have always found it useful to have in mind my model of the coaching process – coaching topics may be complex, multi-layered and facetted and may take sudden turns and twists. Without a process in mind, the effectiveness of the coaching may be undermined.
If you do not know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. (from Laurence Peter (1919-90) The Peter Principle 1969)
I have called my model the CHANGE coaching model, and it is so named on the basis that all clients who come to coaching are looking for some form of change in their life. Together the coach and client will work to determine exactly what type of change is needed, and how that change can be brought about.
The CHANGE coaching model is designed to guide the client through the whole coaching process. Whilst generally all stages will be used, it may be that some sessions will focus more on some stages than others, and of course it is flexible for the coach to use as required. The model applies whether the changes sought by the client are major life changes, or smaller adjustments to their lives.
The CHANGE model emphasizes the process of moving the client forward, away from existing patterns of behaviour, strategies and perspectives which may have been hindering development, and into new, fully aligned and supported ways of achieving their goals. The process is of course a collaborative one – the coach creates a safe space for the client to explore their current life, identifying where they are successful, where they struggle, where they may be holding themselves back from difficult courses of action. Using the coach’s tools of powerful questioning, active listening, reflection and accountability, the coach will work with the client to allow them to objectively consider their life and their values; their goals and how these goals are aligned with their values; how they interact with and influence their world. New skill sets are introduced, and the client introduced to new ways of measuring their success, and ultimately achieving the change required.
The CHANGE Coaching Model