My coaching is aimed at helping you change something about yourself that you have not been able to do on your own. I use the Immunity-To-Change™ (ITC) process as my primary approach. I use other tools to develop more depth or clarity as needed.
Am I the coach for you?
The first decision that we make is whether I am the coach for you. After you contact me, we will set a time for a short consultation to discuss the goal that you have had difficulty achieving. This should not take more that 15 to 20 minutes.
If I believe that your goal is something my knowledge and skills can address, and you decide that you want to proceed, we will set up a series of meetings. Over a 3-5 month period, we will meet 8-10 times (every 2 to 3 weeks) for 50-60 minutes each time. The first coaching session will be about ninety minutes. That is when we identify you goal and create the map that will guide the rest of our work together. Between meetings you will have about 30 minutes of work to do each week.
Is the Immunity To Change process right for you?
ITC work is very thought and action oriented…your thought and your action. My job as your coach is to help you look as deeply as possible into how and why you are stuck and unable to attain your very important goal. Other than comments intended to clarify things, I will be listening to you. I will be asking you for more information in some areas or to dig a little deeper in others.
As much as I might want to, I cannot carry you across the goal line. I will guide you, encourage you, and give you feedback about where you are on the path to success. There will likely be times when you feel like the process is not working even though it is.
ITC work is a structured process, but with a focus on you as an individual. It generally spans a 3-5-month period, the amount of real work that you will be doing will not take much time at all – as I mentioned, about 30 minutes per week.
We will be using a workbook as we go. That is where you will enter all of your work and guide the process. When we finish, you will have a very detailed description of everything you did from the beginning to the finish.
During the weeks between our meetings, you will be doing the work to complete the exercise, which should be about 30 minutes each week. You will send me a copy of your completed work 24 hours before each of our meetings. That allows me to review it and develop my questions and responses so that our meeting can be productive. We will both ALWAYS have the most recent copy of your immunity map in front of us at our coaching sessions.
At the first meeting we build your immunity map, the most critical part of the process. It usually takes about 90 minutes. Just as any bad map can send you to the wrong place, a weak immunity map will not take you where you want to go. You will be honing your map throughout the process as you develop insights to how you think and how that thinking influences your behavior.
At meetings following the map-building we will:
- discuss what you have accomplished since the last meeting
- address any difficulties with or questions about the exercise
- consider any new insights and what they mean to you
- consider changes relative to your Immunity Map
- clarify the next exercise
In the later meetings we will be testing the assumptions that have been driving the behaviors that have been interfering with accomplishing your main goal.
Finally, we will discuss how you might use this process for other goals. At that point my job is complete. You may use the same process for other goals on your own. If you find that you are stuck, you can set up single hourly coaching sessions as needed.
The Process with Teams
The ITC process is applicable to teams as well. Each member of the team is guided through the creation an individual map prior to participating in the group process. The group will define its goal and the map-building will proceed similarly to the individual process except that input at each stage is a composite of all the members.