A Coaching Model Created by Dianne Ward
(Executive Coach, UNITED STATES)
The point of a maze is to find its centre.
The point of a labyrinth is to find YOUR centre.
Entering (Setting our intentions)
Before we begin, we will face the issue directly and courageously.
We don’t have to have any answers yet. And, we don’t even need to know the exact problem yet.
Clarify my role as your coach and guide.
A gentle reminder that you have all the answers in your own wisdom.
We will walk together to rediscover this wisdom and to paint the picture
Walking (Self-exploration and Discovery)
Let’s walk toward your issue.
What do you want to accomplish in this walk today?
What do you want to investigate, probe deeper, be curious about?
What is the thing that is keeping you from feeling free and enjoying life to the fullest?
- What is going on?
- What is troubling you?
- How do you want to feel?
- What do you really value about this issue?
Centring (Awareness and Acknowledging)
We will peel back layers to see what you really want, and how you really want to feel.
When we get to the middle (and it may take most of our first session or even a couple of sessions), the issue as you first described it may look and sound totally different.
We will take time to sit with this newly defined issue
- How does it look now?
- How do you feel now?
- Has this changed what you want to work on?
Let’s set your new intention as we walk out.
I will mirror back your energy and the language you use.
I will acknowledge your accomplishments in this walk
Ex. Your transparency, your courage, your passion to overcome this current challenge
I will ask you questions around the gap of where you are and where you want to be
- What is preventing you from moving forward?
- What is your biggest fear moving forward?
Exiting (Turning dreams into plans)
We will start to formulate a plan that starts as
soon as we exit the labyrinth
- What can you do today?
- Who do you need to talk with?
- How will this help accomplish your goal?
- What may get in your way
How do you feel now?
What have you realized about yourself, your feelings or the situation
What support do you need?
How can I support you?
How can you hold yourself accountable for your own plan?
What are the next steps you will take today?
Tomorrow? In a week?
Let’s take that walk that you have longed for, . . .