A Coaching Model Created by Shen Gullery
(Diversity Coach, SINGAPORE)
Pulling for A Change Model
Coaching, for me, is a conversational process of discovering the inherent wisdom of the coachee for the benefit of generating meaningful and sustainable personal growth; bridging the gap between personal potential and performance.
My coaching model illustrates this process while emphasizing the importance of a relationship.
Inspired by Carl Rogers’ person-centered approach and humanistic beliefs, I try to incorporate the following coaching beliefs of mine into the model:
- I believe in people’s natural tendency to grow and develop, and their inherent capability.
- Respect, trust and affirmation uncover and release people’s desire to change for the better and enhance their ability to achieve the change.
- Meaningful and sustainable change has to come from within.
- Choices empower people, enable learning, invite action, and give meaning to the outcome.
- Focusing on the positive qualities and positive outcomes will bring out the positive change.
Pulling for A Change Model is my idea of how to put these beliefs into my coaching practice. It helps to establish the link between my understanding of coaching and my way of practicing it. It’s a learning process and a tool for further learning.
Pulling, as oppose to pushing, for a change puts the emphasis on the energy released by a desire for change (intrinsic) rather than any external force that triggers change. As a coach doesn’t have any authority to make things happen, I see his/her role in facilitating change by means of creating a trusting environment and helping to make the change more real and desirable.
Relationship – the “who” is more important than the “what”
Successful coaching starts with a trusting relationship and depends on how the relationship can nurture the growth of the client. The red arrow goes through the whole coaching process and serves as a reminder that building up the person is more important than solving any issues. The set up phase most likely happens at the first session, but building up, maintaining and nurturing the relationship will be a conscious effort through out the coaching relationship.