What does a sample coaching plan look like? According to coaches who have utilized this tool, the coaching plan template serves as an outline to follow and provides valuable information to use when constructing your own plan for your coaching practice.
What is a Coaching Plan?
A coaching plan is used to help maintain and record the progress of your coaching sessions. This plan can also be useful when it comes to interaction between coaches and their clients to assist them in creating and accepting the basic framework of the coaching process.
A Sample Coaching Plan: The Center for Executive Coaching
I do not know how many coaches have in fact used a coaching plan in their business and so if you are one of those who have not, I will recommend the illustrative executive coaching plan sample from the Center For Executive Coaching (CEC). They provide an illustrative example of a general executive and leadership coaching plan. You can download it for free directly from their website, and it will help guide you as you design your own coaching plan tailored for your practice.
The organization boasts about the plan being useful in the coaching process. The use of this general coaching plan has supposedly produced excellent results for their clients.
Summary of the CEC’s Illustrative Coaching Plan Sample
Before you download a copy, I would encourage you to read a summary of the plan in the following paragraphs. And as you research other coaching plans and compare them, I hope you will be able to get a good sense how you want yours to look like for your practice.
Session One: You and your clients use this time to discuss the actionable goals and the ground rules. A time when you get to know each other and see if you are both a proper fit for the coaching relationship. You also work on getting the assessment process started.
According to CEC, between sessions one and two, the coach and client get to work on completing the assessments. It is not encouraged to give the client several assignments to do in the beginning. The assessment process should suffice because it should have collected enough information, to highlight what the client can do to improve performance and achieve his or her goals.
Session Two: This is typically a more extended session and the period when the coach and client review the assessment done. According to Andrew Neitlich, the founder and director of CEC, the deliverable is not only improved self-awareness and insights but also to choose a specific behavior to work on in order to demonstrate measurable improvements.
Session Three: This session focuses on behavioral coaching, based on cognitive psychology. It gets the behavioral coaching process going and ultimately leads to coaching conversations to move towards desired results.
You can download the sample coaching plan to see what the other sessions entail.
Throughout the process, client and coach set and track goals, make necessary corrections along the way as needed, and acknowledge results. Follow ups are always done to ensure coaching sessions are still on course.
Now, remember this is just one of several sample plans you can use to help direct you into creating your own coaching plan. And so although this particular sample coaching plan caters more to business leaders and executives, it is also beneficial in other coaching niches if your primary goal is to help clients improve general performances and see desired results in their personal and professional lives.
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