The success of a professional executive coaching depends on trust and mutual engagement. Here is my way of helping you figure out whether you and I would be a good match.
Our first meeting is free of charge and engagement.
This one-hour session is aimed at getting acquainted and to start building a professional executive coaching relationship.
At the end of this first meeting, you can answer the following questions.
Does Cécile understand my situation, my expectations, my concerns?
Do I feel safe to put sensitive topics on the table?
Has she made me experiment her coaching style? How am I feeling about that?
How comfortable am I with her work settings?
What are the next steps if we work together?
This session is best held face-to-face. However, I’m comfortable meeting through a video platform if you are.
Take the time to meet several professional executive coaches before choosing the right one for you .
It is time well spent, for it gives you the opportunity to express your goal more and more thoughtfully. My advice: focus on how you feel about the relationship, rather than on the methodology.
On my end, I also ponder whether I feel capable of helping you: do I feel empathy for you, does your situation resonate with me? Do I feel competent to help you achieve your specific goal? Is there a conflict of interest I should make you aware of ? I answer all these questions and others you might have, immediately if possible.
Our first professional executive coaching session is dedicated to thorough contracting.
If possible, this meeting is held with a representative of your organisation who is invited as a sponsor.
With the sponsor, we contract for the settings that will prevail throughout our whole working relationship. I am accountable for maintaining this frame until the end of our collaboration.
Confidentiality and data protection,
Your goal for the program and follow-up indicators, the sponsors’ point of view
Roles and responsibilities for the coach, coachee and sponsor,
Duration and location of the sessions, cancellation and rescheduling rules,
One-to-one, we contract on settings that might be updated according to your priorities.
I am accountable for updating these settings with you on a regular basis.
Previous coaching or counselling experiences, what to keep, what to avoid
Information you want to bring to the relationship: 360, psychometrics, assessments, qualitative feedback…
People you think might support you in achieving your coaching goals (team, trusted peer, sponsor…)
Your expectations towards my coaching style
A meeting calendar.
Every subsequent session starts with the debriefing of an experiment we have agreed on at the end of the previous session.
The learnings you make through these experiments are our working material for the session: they help us measure progress and take new steps. Your engagement to lead them is paramount to your success.