abstract1_man_thinkingSPG coaches work with individuals who want to achieve specific career goals.  We combine an intimate knowledge of organizations and the way they work with a proven coaching model emphasizing the connection between behavior and results.  We emphasize the following elements in the coaching relationship:

  • Identify a coachable result – it is important to clarify the purpose of the coaching relationship and to clearly describe the measures of success.  SPG coaches are purposeful about helping the client to define, “what will be different?” and “How will we know?”
  • Confirm the connection –a strong connection between the coach and the client enables both parties to do their best work.  If, after an initial meeting, either party feels that the client would be better served by another coach, SPG works with the organization to provide alternatives for the client.
  • Clarify the relationship and the logistics – SPG always uses a written agreement describing the parameters of the coaching relationship, confidentiality, logistics, etc.
  • Make use of data – if the client is working within an organization, we recommend collecting data at the beginning and at the end of the coaching process.  Data can come from many sources including the client and others.
  • Enroll others in the process –SPG encourages clients to include others in their learning process.  By sharing specific development goals and by asking for feedback along the way, clients clarify their intentions and contribute to shifting the perceptions that others may hold.

SPG coaches most frequently work with clients currently employed within an organization.  We also support clients just beginning their careers and clients who are looking for their next challenge.  Specific areas of career coaching include:

  • Finding a first job
  • Practicing interviewing skills
  • Acclimating to a multi-generational workplace
  • On-boarding
  • Increasing visibility/credentialing
  • Building a career portfolio
  • Creating a professional network
  • Preparing for promotion
  • Negotiating executive compensation
  • Starting a business
  • Evaluating next career options
  • Transitioning successfully