A Coaching Model Created by Nora Binder
(Executive Coaching, AUSTRIA)
In the last twenty years my life has been full of self imposed changes – I have lived in different countries in Europe, South America and Asia. I have learned languages and experienced different cultures and work environments.
The word “change” can also include many fears which may lie behind; of personal, financial and social nature. But in those fears lie the challenges – we are responsible for those self imposed changes in our lives, we make the choices. These changes mean to keep our life in motion and provide us with lifelong learning and enrichment.
In this respect, I named my coaching model CHANGE, to pass on my enthusiasm for constant motion as well as to unleash the power of change in my clients.
With my coaching model I want to guide my clients through the entire coaching process; it supports us to structure the approach whilst being dynamic and adaptable to the client’s needs. No matter of what size or nature the goal and change might be, together we work on how to achieve it.
C – Create a safe space
H – Harmonize the goals
A – Agree on the options
N – Name the actions
G – Guard the commitment
E – Enjoy the changes
Create A Safe Space
The initial point of my coaching is the creation of a safe space. It is a space where clients are working on their lives, they have to be able to take risks and make changes. A safe space also means a space which will be filled with courage; courage to face the unknown – with my support and belief that everyone is strong and capable. Another aspect of a safe space is confidentiality and trust. My clients all need to know that everything said is held confidential; trust is necessary to speak the truth, both the coach and the client.
The goal of this initial step is to open ways for the clients to do what they want to do and be who they want to be.
Harmonize The Goals
Coaching is about taking a value driven approach, to determine what is most important to the client. The reality is that clients are often not clear about their priorities; each and every individual becomes sometimes sidelined. If the attention is being pulled in too many directions, or a client finds that she/he is simply stuck, unable to move forward toward her/his goals, this coaching model supports to set appropriate goals and underlines the readiness to change.
By means of powerful questioning and active listening it should help the client to manage conflicting values, to balance multiple areas of life, to discover underlying values and beliefs and hence clear the path to identify the best potential.
Agree On The Options
With a clear picture of goals, dreams and aspirations now in mind, I work on options to bridge the space between where the client is today and where she/he wants to be tomorrow. By guiding through effective questions and reflection, without judgment or evaluation, it is my intention in this stage to have the client draw out a list of possible options which will lead her/him to make the right choices.
Name The Actions
Action is about finding small next steps to start making great progress. I support that the actions are always built on what is working for the client. Motivated and confident, the client directs herself/himself in the right direction. Alongside, I will, if the client agrees to it, hold her/him accountable and celebrate successes.
Guard The Commitment
Throughout my coaching, commitment is a two-way process. We show commitment through connection between our values, intentions and actions. Commitment requires insight and self-awareness, and at the same time inspires us to reach for excellence and live our personal best. By guarding the commitment throughout the coaching process, I try to engage the client and continuously empower her/him.
Enjoy The Changes
Through focusing on what works for the client throughout the whole process, coaching will lead to sustainable results. I support to achieve that the client is motivated, conscious about the changes and celebrating a new stage of seeing and exploring her/his potential.