WORKING WITH US
Most successful journeys have a few things in common – they start somewhere, they have a clear vision as to where they are going and an achievable plan to get there. And at TLS, we think those elements are essential in life’s journeys as well – for both individuals and organizations.
At TLS, we apply all of our experience in our work with our clients. Those experiences range from addressing issues with individuals in a therapy setting to years of leadership experience in corporate, insurance, healthcare, and non-profit settings. We understand how difficult change can be and we are prepared to partner with you to help you establish your vision for change and the plan to get there. And we will be there by your side to celebrate your successes as they come.
We know there are many options for support – ranging from organizational consultants to individual therapists. We believe our ability to bring elements from these other resources together to provide a holistic coaching experience is what sets TLS apart.
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What do you get out of working with us? Transformation. Change. Results.
HOW COACHING WORKS
Scenarios like these below are examples of how coaching helps individuals and organizations affect positive change.
Beth is a senior leader in her organization. She’s also married and a mom to two teenaged kids. Beth has always been successful in her work. She’s been rated well and promoted regularly. Now, in her mid-40’s, she’s more aware than ever of the constant juggling of priorities and she’s feeling significant pressure because of it. Beth works with a coach to help her gain some clarity on how to handle her competing priorities in a way that helps her reduce stress. She also wants to explore how her leadership style can support her continued success as she considers options for her next role.
Jonathan is having a difficult time at work. He’s in a new role that he knew would be challenging but it’s actually harder than he expected. He wants to succeed but he knows that he’s not always the easiest person to work with, especially when his stress level rises. He works with a coach to better understand what’s required for success in his role. He explores stress management techniques and learns more about his communication style. The positive effects of his work with his coach are noted by his co-workers and his leadership team.
A mid-size healthcare company has recently acquired another company and is working on integration. As the two organizations work to consolidate operational processes and systems, it becomes apparent that the differences between the two cultures is creating some communication challenges leading to concerns that important integration milestones may be missed. A team of coaches is brought in to quickly assess current cultural differences that are affecting communication styles and approaches. Once these differences are identified, the team works quickly to address the need for leadership alignment around the ultimate objectives and assists the employees in developing some tactical approaches to bridge some of the differences as the new culture begins to take hold.
An engineering company wishes to institute a new approach to giving and receiving feedback between employees. The company believes that productivity and profitability will rise as employees are able to openly discuss issues, challenges, and opportunities. A team of coaches is brought in to work with the senior leadership team. They establish a new approach for their annual review cycle as well as ways to create an environment that welcomes honest input. The senior leaders and their teams are provided with the tools to share this new approach throughout the rest of the organization, reinforcing the change in environment.
Stacie can see past an individual’s ‘current job title’ to assist them in identifying untapped and underutilized skills.
– IT Program Director
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I know if coaching is for me?
Many people utilize coaches for many different reasons. Athletes, entrepreneurs, executives are among the various kinds of groups that have historically utilized coaches on a regular basis. Often individuals will seek a coach if they are feeling ‘stuck’ or otherwise dissatisfied with their current situation AND they are willing to initiate change for the better. A coach provides a partner, someone on your side, to help you discover your best life or work.
How is coaching different than consulting – or therapy for that matter?
Consultants usually have a specific agenda and even answers that are provided to their clients. They may be experts in the specific fields in which they work. Coaches may have specialization in certain fields but their true expertise is in the coaching process. The coach assumes the client is the expert in his/her own life/industry and simply helps the client tap into that expertise. The coach may also remain with the client as they implement their planned changes, which may represent a different model than that of consultants.
Therapists are often called on to help a client become more functional by dealing with issues that are challenging the client’s mental or emotional well-being. They may need to delve into the past in order to assist clients to adjust to the present. Coaches do not work with mental health issues but may refer to a therapist if this kind of support is required. And while the coach may touch on the past, they do not generally focus on the past. The primary focus is on the present and toward the future.
Why all the focus on transformation? I mean you even have the word ‘Transformative’ in your business name – why is that?
Coaching can certainly provide the client with insights about themselves – but it can also help the client become more aware of what may be possible – and this is where the ‘transformation’ can take place. It’s not unlike sitting in the ophthalmologist’s chair and picking between ‘view 1’ or ‘view 2’. When you get to the clearest view, the one that allows you to see more clearly than any of the others, it can feel transformative, like you had no idea it was even possible to see so clearly – and that’s what can happen with coaching.
What is coaching and is it right for my organization?
Coaching helps individuals and organizations shift from where they are to where they wish to be. And if that destination isn’t clear – coaches can help bring clarity. Coaching is about partnership. It’s focused on the present and the future. It’s goal oriented and solution focused. It assumes the client is highly capable but may need some level of support in order to achieve their desired change. Basically, coaching helps a person or organization shift from operating in a functional manner toward functioning in an optimal manner. If this sounds like something that might be helpful to you or your organization, then engaging a coach may be worth considering.
How does coaching work and can I count on positive results?
Coaching engagements should be tailored to specific clients and their needs. There are common elements in many coaching engagements that can include: establishing and creating a clear vision, setting goals and objectives, creating short- and longer-term action plans and executing on the plan. This process will include identifying and addressing any obstacles while providing support and accountability along the way.
Coaching cannot guarantee positive results. However, all change depends on one primary element – a true willingness to change. Coaches can help a client identify those areas they truly wish to change and coaches can also help the client set themselves up for success as they move toward the change. Coaches can also help the client better understand those obstacles that may arise during the transformation process.
Where does the coaching take place and how long will it take?
Coaching can take place in person or by phone. Sessions may also take place over technology platforms such as Skype or Zoom. Coaches can also travel to their client or to the client location. As you can see, one of the benefits of coaching is flexibility!
Generally, coaching engagements with individuals will last between 3-6 months. After all, change can be complex and often does take some time to accomplish. Management and organizational coaching may take from 3 months up to a year, depending on the goals and objectives of the engagement.
It takes a deep commitment to change, and an even deeper commitment to grow.
– Deepak Chopra