Coaching is a unique way to help people improve any aspect of their lives. The concept of coaching is often confused with forms of counseling, consulting, and therapy but coaching is actually very different. Coaching is future-focused. Coaching does not analyze the past but rather guides clients in their own goal setting. Coaches achieve this by asking the right kinds of questions and, most importantly, do not give advice, set goals, or take action on behalf of their clients. Erickson Coaching International’s methodology is solution-focused. The solution-focused coaching methodology is based on proven tools, techniques, and processes that help provide clients with the means to create truly transformational changes in their own lives. During coaching sessions, the coach and client embark on a creative partnership that aims to design and implement specific, meaningful, and measurable changes in the client’s personal and or professional life.
The 4 Pillars of Erickson’s Solution-Focused Coaching Model
Coaching is solution-focused. Coaching aims to move clients towards a positively framed future outcome. The coach and client do not dwell on past experiences but rather focus on what the client’s new future would look like and how the client shows up in that future vision. Coaching is a systematic process that helps the coach understand the client holistically. The coach assesses how proposed changes fit in with or may impact the client’s view of the world and contribution to their future vision and the bigger picture. The coach aids the client in exploring their values and how the client can find and create meaning in their life. Coaching is a client-centered approach and it is the role of the coach to encourage their client to trust their own inner resources. In Erickson coaching, we believe that clients are experts in their own lives and have the resources within themselves to create their unique future vision. Coaches also understand and respect their client’s values at all times and provide an advice-free zone. Coaching is action-oriented meaning that coaches help clients create change through specific, meaningful, inspired, and actionable steps that lead to fundamental shifts in attitude, behaviors and their desired habit formations.
Skills and competencies you gain as an Erickson Solution-Focused Coach
- You will develop the ability to quickly create trust with others and provide a safe and supportive environment that produces ongoing mutual respect and trust.
- You will develop the ability to quickly create rapport with clients using simple yet powerful tools.
- You will develop and enhance your active listening skills and understand how syntax, tone of voice, and body language can contribute to understanding the true meaning of your client’s words.
- You will learn how to view the world through your client’s eyes and understand the meaning of their words in the context of their own values and goals.
- You will learn when to apply powerful questioning techniques that evoke discovery, insights, commitment, and action that move your client forward.
- You will learn to facilitate bulletproof goal setting that opens doors to a new and extremely powerful kind of goal setting that is outcome-oriented.
- You will master the skill of designing positive actions that help the client explore and prioritize their issues and guide them through difficult decision-making.
- You will help your client develop and experience a true sense of accountability and instill positive long-term changes. You will learn how to do so with precise time management tools.