h3 Strategies offers tailored coaching for executives, leaders, and managers, helping them navigate the complexities of their unique roles and boost their personal performance. h3 coaching engagements are designed to help individuals identify areas for development, address challenges, and tap into their own strengths, wisdom, and potential. Because coaching conversations are confidential, sessions serve as a trusting and protected space for clients to discuss and explore issues in an open manner. Our process is designed to enhance leadership ability, accelerate personal growth, and contribute to professional and organizational success.
What can h3 clients expect during a coaching engagement?
Coaching sessions provide a safe, confidential, nonjudgmental space for clients to be introspective, creative and focus solely on their own personal and professional development. Typically, a client comes to us with a presenting issue, challenge or area of growth. While potential scenarios are endless, the common denominator is that the client would like for things to be different in the future than they are right now. Although coaching is a highly personalized process and each client has a unique path, h3 follows a basic approach for a typical six-month coaching engagement.
Each client completes a comprehensive profile to learn more about them and their most pressing needs. The client and coach will also meet with their superior or others in a position to provide insight and feedback to receive input on areas for development. To gain a greater depth of understanding, clients also complete relevant scientifically validated assessments which shed light on strengths, potential obstacles, blind spots, and opportunities.
Research and Assessment
Most h3 coaching engagements involve the administration of one or more relevant assessments to help clients gain in-depth insight by revealing strengths, potential obstacles, blind spots and opportunities.
Although not required, these assessments can provide the coach and client with essential insights about the client’s thinking and behavioral traits, helping the client and coach quickly identify areas of focus for the coaching engagement. Typical assessments include the EQ-i 2.0 (emotional intelligence), strengths profiles, and various profiles from the Everything DiSC suite. Depending on the circumstances, the coach may also recommend a 360 survey or interviews with a client’s stakeholders, including managers, colleagues, and direct reports, among others. Acting in a consultative manner, the coach recommends an initial assessment(s) and may make further recommendations for additional assessments as the coaching progresses.
Action Planning and Accountability
As the coaching engagement progresses, conversations shift to define specific areas of growth and develop strategies to enhance learning and development. Through personal reflection, thought-provoking exercises, personal experiments, and assigned reading, the coach helps the client cultivate behaviors that support their goals and engage with stakeholders more effectively. Additionally, the coach helps the client uncover challenges that may be impeding progress and work to overcome them. The coach serves as an important accountability partner for the client, helping keep the agreed-upon coaching goals and action steps a priority. This phase is non-linear and may twist and turn as the client gains a deeper insight into their values, thought patterns, behaviors, and unique gifts.
Progress Evaluation and Milestone Planning
As the coaching engagement comes to a conclusion, the last session or two focus on capturing the progress that the client has made over the past few months. The coach and client work together to identify some next steps the client will take on their own to continue their learning and development. The coach will schedule a final session approximately three months later to help the client crystalize their progress, identify barriers and commit to some action steps to continue the forward momentum.
Typical coaching sessions are an hour and occur bi-weekly. Longer sessions may occur during the discovery phase. The cadence and length of sessions are always customized to meet the needs of the client.
Why h3 Strategies?
h3 Strategies leverages the wisdom of nearly 50 years of combined experience in leadership, communication, and team development for their clients. Our unique professional experiences, combined with our coaching expertise, allow us to provide a highly customized coaching program unique to each client.