What is this article about?
It is about a framework which I have named ‘Coaching Life Cycle’.
Why did I create this framework?
Whenever someone approaches me with an intent to get coached, the first thing they want to understand is the process. As it is easier to explain anything using a framework, I created this.
Why am I sharing it?
I believe someone who is a Coach or plays any other role like a Mentor, Teacher or Consultant may find it useful.
Note: In this article wherever I have used the term Coachee, you may replace it with Mentee, Student or Client based on the role you are playing for them.
Why have I used a jigsaw puzzle as the framework?
A jigsaw puzzle is one picture cut into pieces that are different in shapes and sizes. In the process explained, there are many pieces and each one is unique, but when they come together, it becomes one complete picture. I have chosen a jigsaw puzzle with 9 pieces to complete the cycle.
Pieces 1 – 3
As people are usually trying to overcome challenges, leverage opportunities or grapple with dilemmas, the Coachee first makes a list of their current #Challenges, #Opportunities & #Dilemmas. Putting these 3 pieces together, they get a complete list of issues to be addressed. They can do this on their own and this exercise does not necessarily need a Coach.
Pieces 4 – 8
#Connect is the opening conversation between the Coach & Coachee that quietens and clears the Coachee’s mind which then gets ready to explore itself.
From the list of issues the Coachee made, they now need to #Identify the most important goal they feel they should focus on. They usually choose more than one goal to address their current needs which can be ambiguous. Eg. ‘I want to be Financially Independent’ or ‘I want a better/happier life’ or ‘I want to improve my relationship with my boss/partner’.
Now we need to #Clarify why they chose the goal and how they would be measuring it because we cannot improve what we can’t measure. Remember, your doctor measures all the parameters in your body to improve health.
Step 4 & 5 (Identify & Clarify) have to be followed for the Actions that are required to achieve the Goals. Like it happens with the goals, the actions chosen may also be ambiguous. Eg. ‘I will listen more’ or ’ I will start investing’ or ‘I will exercise regularly’. One has to ensure there are clear measures for the actions too.
Once there is complete clarity on the goals and actions, the Coachee needs to #Plan when they will work on the actions. They need to choose the date, time and duration required for the actions.
Finally, one needs to ensure they #Execute on the commitments made. This is the toughest part and requires the application of Time Management Principles.
The Coach and Coachee follow steps 4-8 on a regular basis to check the progress till the Goal is achieved or till the coaching contract period is over.
Once a goal is achieved, life doesn’t stop and there are usually more challenges, opportunities & dilemmas that fill one’s plate. The Coachee now reflects on #WhatNext?
The Cycle goes on…
While you maybe already using many powerful tools and models as a Life Coach, Executive Coach, Mentor, Teacher, Consultant, Therapist or Counsellor, if you found the Coaching Life Cycle model useful as an additional tool, please feel free to use it and/or share it with those who may find it valuable.
Thank you for taking out time to read this.
Wishing you the very best.
PS: Would love to listen to your comments and feedback about the framework.