A Coaching Model Created by Ana Claudia Mazzini e Drigo
(ADHD Coach, SINGAPORE)
Fostering the balance between reasoning and emotion
The heart has its reasons which reasons know not of. Pascal Blaise
Coach’s Values and Principles
The work developed by coach and client relies on important principles and values:
- Commitment: The coach commits to taking the client’s challenges and goals as his/hers,
formalizing and strengthening the partnership
- Presence: During the one hour together, coach focuses on the client and listens thoroughly in
order to support the client at the right time
- Honesty: The coach will not sell or promise a result he/she is not able to deliver. The coach
clarifies his/her role and supports the client. However, the power is in the client’s hands.
- Non-judgment: The coaching space is free of judgment and full of presence.
- Communication: The coach creates a safe space, promoting the communication channel for
potential adjustments along the process.
The process of making decisions and moving forward with life is basically the result of two dueling forces: reasoning and emotions. Human beings are always trying to make the right decision and for that to happen, we consult our feelings, resources, analyze the risks and personal availability to take a specific action.
Finding a balance between these two forces is a challenge, however an important step in order to feel complete and tranquil about the outcomes of our decisions in life. Struggling to find this balance, sometimes may get ourselves being more rational or too emotional, when the ideal would be to give it each aspect the appropriate importance.
The Coaching Model Balance looks at this “appropriate importance” as something very personal and individual. Each client will choose the weight given to emotions or reasoning in the coaching process.
The most important thing in this process is the acknowledgement that these two forces exist and that they play different roles in our decisions, thus should be equally considered along the way.
The mentioned exercises serve only as examples of interventions, given that each client requires a unique approach and exercises shall be tailored to their specific needs.
- Rocking chair exercise: explores dreams and values
- Brainstorming: looks at the situation from a broader perspective
- Visualizations: allows client to get in touch with a different level of consciousness
- Power questions: reframes perspectives, promotes reflection
- Mental Map: helps organize the main ideas and topics
- Mosaic exercise: creates personal significance for important topics
- SWOT Analysis: Strategic analysis
- Tell me a story exercise1: Helps identify the source of values and beliefs
- Johari Window and Feedback: promotes self-awareness
- Russell’s Action Planning Worksheet1: structured plan with easy follow up strategies
- Client’s tracking sheet: coach keeps track of development of the process and can follow up on missed steps
1Facilitative Coaching – A Toolkit for Expanding Repertoire and Achieving Results.
Dale Schwarz and Anne Davidson. Pfeiffer – USA, 2009.