Crystallum Coaching has it’s own view on coaching, or better, on human interaction. This view has been translated into nine principles:
1. People have something in common – people are very much able to understand each other and, from this place of understanding, help each other;
2. People are curious – via questions and answers we as humans learn about ourselves and the world around us;
3. People contribute – together people create the reality in which they live and work;
4. People grow through connection – people are social and develop themselves via personal relationships;
5. People seek value – through their actions, people work towards worthy goals;
6. People act out of their self-interest – human behaviour is shaped to a large extent by that what is important to the person in question;
7. People live from their perception – people have their own view about how things work (they determine their own truth);
8. People have a choice – people can reflect on their own behaviour and consciously choose to change their behaviour;
9. People determine their own integrity – every individual has a personal hierarchy of norms and values.
Each principle offers another perspective through which to look at people and with that a unique the possibility for a coach to be of value to the person being coached.
Coaching is often aimed at enabling a desired behavioral change. A practical model for change is the so-called “Transtheoretical model”, developed by James O. Prochaska and his colleagues of the university of Rhode Island (United States). The model devides the behavioral change process into 5 recognizable stages:
1. Pre-contemplation – you are not aware that there is an issue and you have to change
2. Contemplation – you recognize you have an issue, but you are unsure whether you would like to change or not
3. Preparation – you resolve to do something about your behaviour*
4. Action – you actually undertake steps to change your behaviour
5. Consolidation – the new behaviour becomes integrated into your daily life.
When you are considering working with a coach, it is useful to know at which stage in the change process you are. For each phase there are specific ways to realise progress. Your coach will determine together with you where you stand, so that (s)he can offer the appropriate kind of support or challenge. Should you be interested to read more about Prochaska’s view on change, please have a look at his book “Changing for Good” (1994).
* Behaviour is defined broadly here. It includes inner thoughts and feelings, as well as outwardly visible actions.