A Coaching Model Created by Lynda French
(Executive Coach, UNITED STATES)
Envision the first time you went to the eye doctor when you felt that you were not seeing as well as you should. The eye doctor went through a series of various lenses to find your correct vision. After finding the correct prescription for your eyes and putting you in your glasses for the first time, wasn’t it amazing that you were getting by for so long with poor vision?
That feeling that we have with putting on eyewear for the first time is very similar to what a coach can do. Just as an eye doctor takes you through the process of asking you a series of questions to discover what test lenses you are able to see clearer in, an experienced coach can assist in a similar way. A client of mine once said to me,
Lynda, all this time I’ve been running my business not really noticing that I’ve lost my vision in it. It’s like you gave me a pair of glasses that I never knew I needed!
The E.Y.E.S. Model will take you through a four step process to help you receive a clearer vision of what you are looking for:
We begin by identifying your goals and start by exploring the possibilities without concern of barriers at this step. We are looking to free up your mind to possibilities that you may not have explored.
Where are you now? What is currently happening that has kept you from reaching your goals? Through thoughtful and careful questioning, we’ll start the process of identifying what’s going on now. This stage will assist in moving through the process of identifying the barriers that have kept you from reaching your goals.
Explore Your Choices
What can you do to accomplish your newly defined goals? What would keep you from accomplishing these goals? After identifying the possible barriers from Your Reality stage, what can you do to remove them? Are there other options to explore? As we continue through this stage, you will identify a plan that can help you achieve your goals.
Start Your Action Plan
Now that you have a clearly defined plan, how would you like to put your plan in place to be sure you accomplish your newly defined goals? How would you like to hold yourself accountable? What could keep you from your goals?
Working through each step will bring you closer to your goals. Let’s get started!