Performance By Design

Life is a process of never-ending learning.

What does our coaching look like?

What we do determines who we are. Our coaching focuses on two major skills: improving your ability to reflect on what you are doing ("self-observation") and make desired changes (new "practices").

Self Observation includes reflecting on your internal thoughts, feelings and values; your habitual behaviors and how they impact you and others; and increasing your awareness of the tools and resources you have available around you.

Practices are regular routines-simple or complex-like rising to an alarm or training for a marathon five times a week. Practices are specific, concrete, new ways of working and living that you'll take on regularly between our visits and form the bulk of your growth.

What do we expect of our clients?

Curiosity. Personal desire for change. Commitment to action. Courage to fail.

How does coaching work?

We start with an initial assessment meeting that lasts 1 to 1 1/2 hours. In an organizational context, that assessment can also include discussions with up to 8 colleagues, to get a context for and feedback on your work.) After the initial meeting and any assessment, Performing By Design provides a draft coaching plan. This acts as a springboard as we co-create your personal plan, complete with purpose, outcomes, and initial self observations and practices. We begin meeting on a regular basis, usually once every two weeks, with assignments and touch-base emails and phone calls in between, as needed.

How long does coaching take?

Typical 6 months to a year. When we meet, how often, and how long depends on our schedules and what you want to work on.

Can you do it faster?

Like yesterday? Substantive change means practicing new ways of doing things. That takes time. For most clients: six to 12 months. If we look at a shorter timeframe, desired results need to be achievable within that timeframe. From a practical point, we specify in the coaching agreement roughly how many sessions we'll have and what outcomes you want to achieve.

So, are you like a sports coach? A psychotherapist?

Well, the type of coaching I do could be used in sports, but as an executive coach, I'm a business partner, especially since I understand organizational systems, how they impact people, and how they change. Some sports coaches tell, then yell. I've been a swimming and running coach. But I don't coach by fear or manipulation. When you want to change or get lasting results, it's important how you treat yourself. I'm also not a trained psychotherapist. We work on your performance and tend to focus on the present and future, less than on the past. I do not see you as problem to be solved. If we're working together and uncover something better fitted to psychotherapy, I will refer you.

What tools do you use?

A variety. Sometimes, a client and I find assessment instruments like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) or Strong Interest Inventory useful. I'm certified to deliver these and have also used about 10 others. Other times, I might draw on my background in process improvement/organizational change and we might use process flows, force field analysis or other tools to understand a situation.

Why Performing By Design?

Here's what clients have said:

  • "Intelligent". "Productive". "Credible". "Substantial".
  • "Kathy's greatest strength is her ability to see beyond what is.
  • "Kathy has a sincere commitment to the wellness, happiness, excellence of others."