Do you work with clients on-line, in-person, or both?
We offer both on-line coaching and, for an additional fee, in-person coaching for clients who are based out of the Rio Grande Valley area in South Texas. With on-line coaching, we connect with you through telephone, e-mail, snail mail, and/or video chat. If you prefer in-person coaching, please send us a message indicating which coaching package you are interested in, and we will follow-up with further information regarding pricing, coach availability, appointment location, etc.
What is the standard coaching process like?
Once a coaching engagement has been initiated, the process begins with getting you started with on-line administration of what is widely considered the gold standard of leadership development, The Leadership Practices Inventory® (LPI®). The LPI® serves as the foundation of our coaching process and we use the data it generates to help develop you into becoming a better leader. Once we have generated your LPI® results, you will then be provided with a feedback report, and, depending on which coaching package you selected, receive a range of support material to help facilitate your growth as a leader.
Once this material has been delivered to you by snail mail and/or e-mail, we will proceed to schedule an intensive coaching session with you, which will be conducted either on the phone, in-person, and/or video chat. If video chat is available, it comes as a highly recommended option for our on-line coaching clients since it can help enrich your overall experience, without any extra cost. Please note that we do not use video chat to conduct a session in typical face-to-face fashion, so no need to worry about having a working webcam; instead, we only use video chat in order to screen share, which allows us to share our computer screen with you in real-time and guide you every step of the way during a coaching session.
During a typical coaching session, you can expect the following support from your coach:
• Proper interpretation and explanation of your LPI® report
• Identification of patterns and messages within your LPI® data
• Clarification regarding your use of exemplary leadership behaviors
• Assistance with focusing your developmental efforts (to achieve your ideal self)
• Support in helping you translate your goals into actions (action-planning)
• Overall guidance in how to become the best leader you can be
The exact nature of a coaching session, as well as any additional activities, is dependent on which one of our coaching packages you sign up for. With our more elaborate packages, you will find increasing levels of support that are much more involved and can help you on your leadership journey for up to half a year or longer. To see which package may be right for you, please review our different coaching packages in more detail here.
What kind of support material comes with each of your coaching packages?
All our coaching packages include a range of support material, depending on which particular package you have selected. To see which items are included with a particular package, we encourage you to look at each of the itemized breakdowns we have on our coaching page. Please note that if you are combining a coaching package with The Leadership Challenge® Workshop, you will only receive a single copy of any items that are shared between the two offerings; the material will be shared either at the workshop or during a coaching engagement, according to whichever takes place first. With on-line coaching, we ship our materials to clients in the contiguous (or the “lower 48”) United States as part of our packages. Any on-line clients who are outside this area may choose to receive a digital set of materials via e-mail, where available, or have the material shipped at an additional fee, which will be determined by the shipping location, as well as any import, duty, and/or port handling fees, where applicable.
What is the development plan that is included in your different coaching packages?
With each of our coaching packages, we work with you to create a robust plan for improvement, based on the feedback that is obtained from your LPI® results. This plan will help you identify your priorities for improvement, set specific goals, and then take deliberate action towards achieving those goals. When you put this development plan into practice, you will be able to:
• Improve your use of exemplary leadership behaviors
• Integrate the best leadership practices into your daily routine
• Make steady progress in developing your leadership capacity
• Consciously review your progress toward becoming a better leader
• Learn about development activities that can focus your efforts
• Hold yourself accountable for making future progress
• Turn your workplace into a practice field for leadership
• Follow an easy-to-use process that can be repeated
• Discover your full leadership potential
While a development plan is included with each of our coaching packages, our advanced and premium coaching options offer an increased level of support by providing you with a personalized plan that takes your unique workplace situation into account. This enhanced level of support is made possible by a discovery meeting that is included in both our advanced and premium coaching packages.
What is the discovery meeting that is included in some of your coaching packages?
The discovery meeting included in both our advanced and premium coaching packages helps you maximize your leadership development by kicking off the coaching process in the best way possible. This meeting, which is very relaxed and conversational in nature, can range from anywhere between 30 and 120 minutes in length. During a discovery meeting, we are able to have an in-depth conversation about what your current situation is, what desired outcomes you seek, and make plans for specific, measurable goals. This information allows us to customize your LPI® assessment and provide you with a greater degree of feedback than is possible with the standard approach. With a customized LPI® report, we adapt the LPI® to fit your needs by capturing additional (and incredibly valuable) information that would otherwise be lost, and are able to further complement your growth with a personalized development plan that is made with your unique circumstances in mind. We have found that this targeted approach often leads to incredible breakthroughs that are immensely useful and highly transformative for clients.
What are the LPI® Values Cards that are included in the premium coaching package?
The values cards give you the opportunity to gain greater clarity on your personal values and determine whether they are in (or out of) alignment with your group, team, and/or organization. Values clarification is an essential component of leadership development because you will compromise your ability to lead if you don’t fully comprehend (or act on) the values, beliefs, principles, standards, ethics, and ideals that drive you. The values cards are a great tool to help you in this area and can also be repeatedly used for reflection or as an aide to help establish a set of shared values with those you work with.
What are the LPI® Action Cards that are included in the premium coaching package?
The action cards help you take targeted action towards reinforcing specific LPI® behaviors and, in doing so, become a more effective leader. By having these cards readily on-hand, you will be equipped with the guidance you need to continually practice the skills and behaviors that are required for ongoing leadership development. Since the action cards are so easy to carry with you, they have even been referred to as an “insurance policy for leadership development,” as you can quickly reference the cards any time you are faced with a leadership dilemma. With how hectic the workday can be, having the action cards within arm’s reach is a great way to maintain your focus and keep working towards your personal best as a leader.
What are the workplace action items that are included in the premium coaching package?
To help put your learning into action, our premium coaching package includes additional items that will help you practice exemplary leadership at the workplace. These items highlight specific LPI® behaviors and help you become more comfortable with integrating The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® into your day-to-day life. Further details on what you can expect with these items, as well as how to use them most effectively, will be shared towards the beginning of the coaching process, that way you will be ready to put them to use at your workplace as soon as possible.
Is it possible to start with a certain coaching package and then upgrade to another one later?
Absolutely! If you sign up for a coaching package and later decide you would like to proceed with a deeper experience, just please let us know within a 12-month time frame and we will be absolutely thrilled to serve you in a larger capacity. Once we are aware of which coaching package you would like to upgrade to, we will provide you with a special invoice that deducts the full amount of your original coaching investment, that way you (or your organization) are only responsible for the difference. With this method in place, we strive to make it as convenient as possible for someone to upgrade their coaching package from standard to advanced, advanced to premium, or even from standard to premium, depending on how much additional support is desired.
Do you offer any type of group coaching that would enable my colleagues and I to grow together?
Yes, we most certainly do! If you happen to be part of a group of two or more people who would like to take part in a shared coaching experience, please refer to our group coaching page by clicking here. Please note that our group coaching is designed to accommodate social distancing and, just like with our individual coaching, can be conducted in an entirely remote fashion via telephone and/or video chat.
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