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Flow of Coaching


Individual coaching sessions typically last for between 30 and 90 minutes, and coaching engagements often last for approximately 6 months.  Each session is framed around client goals, objectives, needs, and expectations.  


Keeping in mind that no two coaching engagements will ever be identical, clients and frequently have questions such as:


  • What should I expect from the coaching process?

  • How can I prepare myself? 

  • What does coaching the process look like? 


This overview describes the "typical" stages of the coach and client relationship over the first 4 to 6 months. 


I.  Beginnings - Month 1 (sessions 1 - 2)


During the first month of coaching, emphasis will be on:


  • Coaching relationship (co-designing the coaching relationship & getting to know one another);

  • Expectations;

  • Coaching as Tool for Growth;

  • Identifying Client Goals;

  • Background & Data Collection.      

II.  Co-Active Coaching - Months 2 through 4 (sessions 3 - 6)


During the second through fourth months of coaching, sessions will generally be framed around actions and experimentation to support and advance the client's goals.   Focus will be on playfulness, learning, commitment, and implementation. 


Client and coach work together to develop heightened awareness of the broad range of skills, talents, and tools available to achieve the client's goals. 


At times, this stage of coaching may feel very loose and open, and emphasis will be on:

  • Action & Experimentation ;

  • Shared Learning; 

  • Assessment of Changes;

  • Application of Insights. 

III.  Follow-Up, Support, and Maintenance - Months 5 and 6 (sessions 7 -10)

During the fifth and sixth months of coaching engagements (except in on-going long-term coaching relationships), sessions will revisit progress towards stated goals and include discussion of new awareness clients have developed through the coaching relationship. 


In general, emphasis during this final stage of the coaching relationship will be on:

  • On-Going Assessment of Change;

  • Revisiting Goals;

  • Habits, Strategies, Dispositions;

  • Closure.

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