What is Coaching?
Coaching is a professional partnership between a certified coach and an individual (or team) that helps people achieve their personal and professional potential using a thought-provoking, action-oriented approach.
Coaching is a collaborative, shoulder-to-shoulder process with the coach serving as guide. I help clients take inventory of their attitudes, beliefs, habits, and skills so they can amplify those that serve them well and minimize or transform those that don't. I help clients build a vision of their preferred future by identifying what they want to change and what they want to continue.
Coaching facilitates an in-depth exploration of values. What we believe and what we do are not always the same. Coaching helps clients define the person they want to be and the mark they want to make on the world.
I hold the conviction that every client is perfectly okay, resourceful, and capable of change. I help clients develop self-awareness and compassion for all aspects of themselves—including the parts they don't like—to enable choice and the opportunity for change. The coaching process works by cultivating a growth mindset and greater personal understanding, together with a step-by-step development plan aligned with personal values.
"Laura has a patient and compassionate nature that makes her easy to talk to and be around. I value the authenticity that she brings to every situation. Her thoughtful and insightful comments spur me to realizations that promote self-knowledge."
Based on established principles of neuroscience, coaching uses a variety of processes and tools to create client-led solutions. I respectfully hold clients accountable for following through on commitments and help them redevelop plans as needed.
Coaching is not consulting or advice-giving. There may be times, however, when a client asks for ideas, tools, or resources and I may be able to provide this type of information and/or a referral.
Employee Development Coaching
Coaching can be a powerful tool for improving employee skills and behavior in the workplace. Coaches support positive employee change not through instruction, but through a collaborative process that facilitates shifts in perspective and identifies limiting beliefs and behaviors. Coaches and clients design a series of action steps so that change is structured and attainable.
Using the client's own capabilities and resourcefulness, I support employee development in areas such as:
"I strongly recommend Laura for coaching. Laura is a very intelligent, articulate and insightful person who can help you better understand yourself and your personal or professional goals. She can also help you recognize and address obstacles to your success. Her resourcefulness will inspire you and help you to actualize your dreams."