How does Coaching work?
- Following a FREE, introductory, 30 minute telephone consultation, you will receive a welcome package that contains a client profile, assessment
and questionnaire that will help define your goals and structure our initial work together. Several of the documents require completion and return
to Dark Horse Strategies prior to the first coaching session.
- In-person consultations are pre-scheduled and are charged extra.
- Your coach will then schedule with you two, three or four telephone coaching sessions per month —typically 30-60 minutes in length. You will
call your coach at scheduled appointment times. You will also be able to contact your coach for “extra support” between sessions via email, fax and
short phone calls, at no additional charge. There will almost always be “field assignments or homework” to help you continue the learning process
- The coaching process at Dark Horse Strategies, is typically 6 months minimum, depending on your goals and determination to work hard. There are
times, however, when clients find the coaching process so beneficial that they extend the partnership for a longer period of time.
- The first three months’ fees are due following the initial consultation and prior to the first scheduled coaching session.
- The process generally involves the
following steps or stages:
Identifying Your Goals: With your coach you will begin to examine what you would like to achieve in the coaching relationship. Perhaps
you want to prepare for the next promotion, or be better equipped to deal with difficult employees. Maybe you need to improve your communication
skills but don’t know how to do it. Or possibly you want to feel really excited about your work again. Whatever the case, your coach will help you
discover exactly what you’re looking for, and then uncover the hurdles that may be preventing you from reaching your goals.
Assessing You: Using personality and behavioral assessment tools, your coach will help you better understand the true motivations
behind your actions. This new found awareness will allow you to use your strengths – and deflect your weaknesses - to your advantage.
Additional Perspectives: Objective views from other people are often helpful in assessing your situation. Your coach only knows what
you tell them, but your colleagues work with you every day. If appropriate, and with your permission, interviews with others may be scheduled to
allow your coach to gain opinions about your performance and perspectives on your potential. This information is kept strictly confidential.
Designing Your Action Plan: Once you and your coach
have a firm understanding of your interests, values and goals, together you will design an Action Plan that will allow you to clearly visualize
the path to achievement. An “action” can be a new way of thinking, a different approach to a problem or situation, or any task that moves you
closer toward achieving your goal. Action is any shift in perspective or behaviour.
Implementation: With your coach’s guidance and support you will focus on small accomplishments that will lead to the larger, more specific
goal(s). This strategy eliminates the overwhelming pressure you may feel about accomplishing something that may take much time and effort. Your
coach will set realistic tasks and timelines that fit the way you work and live. Remember, implementation is key!
Monitoring: The most important job of your coach is to continually monitor your progress and hold you accountable for your actions. Together
we will track your successes and frustrations together and make any necessary adjustments. Your coach will provide the encouragement, support, and
constructive criticism that will motivate you toward achieving your goal.
Celebration: When you have accomplished what we set out to do we will pause to acknowledge and celebrate your “wins”. Then your coach
will put in place the tools you need to continue with your actions and help you determine your next goals.
- Monthly fees may be paid by personal, company or certified cheque. Cash not accepted. Dark Horse Strategies will soon be accepting major credit
cards. Look for this exciting and easy solution to be available soon.