All entries in Coaching Toolbox




Coaching and Personal Control


By: Elizabeth Saigal, Ph.D. CLC

The idea of personal control has been central in psychology for many decades. It is a key element of Julian B. Rotter’s Social Learning Theory of Personality as well as Martin E. P. Seligman’s Theory of Learned Helplessness. According to both these




November 17th, 2016 by Amy Jones




Using Your ‘Smart’s


By: Elizabeth Saigal, Ph.D. CLC

Towards the end of the coaching conversation coaches can sometimes use the SMART acronym to bring the client even more clarity around their way forward. This acronym is now widely used across industries for project management and personal development




October 14th, 2016 by Amy Jones




How to Build Confidence and Structure Out of Chaos and Fear


By: Michelle Armstrong, BCC

When I first started coaching I felt insecure because, while coaching is led by the clients' agenda, I felt like I needed to be able to lead and guide more if the client needed it, and more importantly for my own confidence as a coach. I knew I had everything




July 29th, 2016 by Amy Jones




Accentuating Process and Action Coaching


By: Elizabeth Saigal, Ph.D. CLC

Coaching conversations incorporate process and action coaching. When client focus is on clarity and deepened understanding, process coaching is emphasized, and when the focus is on goal attainment, action coaching takes precedence. However, every coaching




June 08th, 2016 by Amy Jones




Coaching Judgment Patterns


By: Elizabeth Saigal, Ph.D. CLC

Each of us develops ways of interacting that give us a sense of control. These behaviors and associated attitudes are developed for perceived safety. They become automatic and prevent us from expressing more empowering, conscious, and balanced responses




April 06th, 2016 by Amy Jones




Backdoor to the Brain: Using Magical Metaphors to Transform Communication


By: Marilyn O'Hearne, MSW, MCC

“Imagine a Tarzan like vine dropping down from heaven that will take you from the brown, barren mountain you have described to the lush, green mountain, where you want to be.  What is that vine?” I asked the coaching client.

“Oh, I know!  It is something




March 28th, 2016 by Amy Jones




Things To Watch Out For: Part C - Wanting to Be Liked


By: Elizabeth Saigal, Ph.D. CLC

The previous two posts in this series focused on how working too hard and engaging your own ideas and attitudes can reduce coaching effectiveness. This post looks at how wanting to be liked undermines the coaching process.

Clues that a desire for




March 09th, 2016 by Amy Jones




Things To Watch Out For: Part B -  Engaging Your Own Ideas and Attitudes


By: Elizabeth Saigal, Ph.D. CLC

This is the second post in a series reflecting on how to take your coaching to the next level. My previous post looked at how “working too hard” can reduce coaching effectiveness. This entry examines how to moderate engaging your own ideas and attitudes




February 29th, 2016 by Amy Jones




Money Coaching Demystified


By: Steve Demaray

If there's one thing I've learned in my work as a money coach, it's this:   Solid life coaching skills are by far the most important aspect of providing an effective service.  These are something that people in the financial services industry aren’t encouraged to




December 17th, 2015 by Amy Jones




Coaching Approach and Avoidance


By: Elizabeth Saigal, Ph.D. CLC

During coaching sessions, clients can present dominant frameworks of approach or avoidance. Bringing awareness to these approach or avoidance tendencies benefits the client with a clearer understanding of how these drives occur. This in turn opens up the




November 30th, 2015 by Amy Jones