Over the past 20 years, Common Ground has been providing a wide-range of consulting services to mission-driven social profit organizations. We're excited to offer leadership coaching as a part of our menu of available services.
We've found that while it is important to be onsite for much of the work that we do, many of our clients benefit from our telephone and internet-based communications. Specifically, they point to our passion, commitment, and expertise as an essential part of the value we provide, even when we can't be together in person.
Widely used within the private sector by corporate leaders, coaching is a partnership that provides organizational leaders with structure and support for reflection, learning, visioning, goal setting and accountability.
According to research conducted for Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, almost half of foundations are now providing their grantees with funds for coaching; and are reporting a wide variety of benefits for social profit organizations, including:
- Providing an objective and confidential ear;
- Offering a time and place to reflect on practice;
- Helping in problem solving and providing accountability;
- Providing assistance with balancing work/life issues;
- Increasing job satisfaction;
- Improving relationships between executive directors and their boards;
- Enhancing the application of training to organizational practice; and
- Accelerating the pace of change within organizations.
"I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught."
Beginning in 2009, Common Ground Consulting began offering coaching services to our social sector clients. Using telephone and internet-based communications, we're be able to help you solve tough problems without you having to incur ever-increasing travel expenses. Of course, we'll still be on the road with you as often as necessary (252 days last year!), but our hope is that this additional offering will meet some of your short-term or emergency consulting needs. It has been our experience that coaching can be especially effective when combined with our other organizational development services, making those processes much more efficient.
Our approach to coaching aligns with the Code of Ethics of the International Coach Federation (from which the following is adapted) and honors you (the client) as the expert in your life and work. We believe that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole.
Standing on this foundation, our responsibility is to:
- Discover, clarify, and align with what you want to achieve;
- Encourage your self-discovery;
- Elicit solutions and strategies from you; and
- Hold you responsible and accountable.
Professional Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life.
In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action. Coaching accelerates the client's progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future.
A variety of pricing and scheduling options are available.
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