With so many online courses, work trainings and professional conferences available, why opt for coaching?
When we work in isolation, avoid conflicts, or dialogue primarily with ourselves inside our own heads, it’s hard to change the behaviors that matter most.
The kind of professional development most of us desire happens in the context of a relationship, with a real human being, in real time. Whether you are trying to (a) lead a department or division, (b) master middle management, or (c) give better feedback, the direction and support of a good coach helps you cultivate the skills and practices needed for success. Jennifer understands the Swamp of Overwhelm! She herself has been doused with the Firehose of Expectations.
Approach to Coaching
I help you build essential capacities for professional growth, including:
- cultivating self-awareness
- managing emotions
- leading with empathy
- tolerating ambiguity
- communicating clearly
- giving and receiving feedback
- developing courage (for trying new things)
It doesn’t matter how high up you are on the ladder of experience; these are the core capacities for anyone working in a school or organization. Many of us spend entire careers trying to master these competencies!
My goal is to help you translate insights into action, practice new skills, and find your growing edge. (It’s the same edge we ask students to find all the time.)
What You Can Expect from Jennifer
I value curiosity, questions, authenticity and humor.
I prioritize meeting learner(s) where they are, which requires an unfolding process of discovery, not a performance evaluation. I want to know about the challenges and opportunities you face at work. I want to understand your experience.
Coaching is not a problem-solving enterprise. Together, you and I clarify the deep, central issues. Learning how to explore challenges from the surface down to the core is itself a valuable skill, one you can use in your own work.
Most often, what you discover at the center of a problem connects back to the human condition, yours or someone else’s.
I help you put your deeper understanding of the inevitable messiness of people working together, into action.
Growth comes when we get unstuck, and to get unstuck, you usually have to do something differently. I will always bring the conversation back to what you plan to do or try next.
What About Coaching For A Group Or Team?
Excellent idea! See Coaching Circles.