In sports, good coaches know how to bring out the best in a player. The game is won or lost depending on how well the coach can quickly ascertain the situation and adjust his players to the opponents play within the rules of the game. Business has its own rules but it is far from a game. Losing has big implications to people's livelihood and economic well-being. Our coaching model is based on a proven system for winning in business the right way.
At the core of our coaching model is our philosophy of realism. Aristotle is the founder of this great school of thought. Realism is an epistemological term of great importance to effective coaching. Why? Because if the coach views reality in a way contrary to the nature of the human person, the coaching process can be ineffective and even harmful. The coachability of a client is also important. Even then, the coach must determine if the goals expected of the client from the coaching process are reasonably possible given the abilities, developed skills and moral habits of the coachee.
Three primary healthy assumptions should exist in any client-sponsored coaching relationship. First, the business that pays for the coaching is assuming that the process will be effective in improving the employee's performance. Second, the coachee is assuming that the process will help him/her to become more effective. Third, the coach is assuming that the business will support the coachee and the coachee will be engaged and responsive to the process.
Sometimes our clients ask us to intervene on or assist an executive who is in a distressed situation (failing performance, significant behavioral issues, etc.). Please read our statement on ethical considerations related to this type of coaching.