KATIE OVERLAND
Founder, The LUXA Group
katie@theluxagroup.com
612.559.6864

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long is a typical coaching engagement?

The length of a coaching engagement depends on the goals you want achieve. Typically, coaching engagements last from 6 – 12 months and may extend longer based on desired outcomes.

What will coaching feel like?

Your Coach will ask questions to help you explore and gain insight. You will spend time reflecting and exploring.  Sometimes these conversations can be fun and sometimes they can feel deep. You and your coach may discover creative and surprising approaches to help you find deeper understanding and generate sustained learning.

Will I have homework between sessions?

Your Coach will guide you to create developmental focuses or exercises to do between your sessions. This is where the learning becomes real and where you have an opportunity to observe, test and learn, gain new perspectives, and start to achieve your desired coaching outcomes.

 

Is my coaching confidential?

Building a confidential and trusting relationship is a top priority. Your Coach will not speak to anyone about your sessions. If the you or your organization want your Coach to speak to someone outside of the coaching sessions, your Coach and you will align on the goals and approach beforehand.

What process will you follow for my coaching?

Every coaching engagement and conversation is as unique as every Client and coaching goal. The approach in your sessions will be co-created between you and your Coach. Our goal is to make it right for you. 

What are the academics behind coaching?

Luxa builds its approach off of a variety of coaching philosophies and leverages many when determining the best approach for you. That said, there are several that are foundational to every Luxa coaching engagement:

 

Integral Theory (Ken Wilber)

This approach includes exploring four key components of both the individual and the organization: 1) your values, feelings, beliefs; 2) your behaviors, decisions, goal setting, and impact on the organization; 3) the structure of your organization, team functioning, processes, organizational goals; and 4) organizational culture, expectations, values, and working agreements.

 

Positive Psychology (Martin Seligman)

This approach focuses on understanding and building strengths. It is solution-focused, increases feelings of well-being, optimism and builds resilience. We will explore your top strengths and create a way to integrate them into your daily life. The focus is on what you do well and doing more of that!

 

Ontological Coaching (Julio Olalla)

With this approach, we will explore how you use your language, body and emotions to get results. We may use movement to help open up awareness. We will also use centering exercises to open a coaching conversation or to help move through a place where you feel stuck in finding awareness or generating ideas.

 

Will coaching only be about work related topics?

Luxa has a strong foundation of working with the whole person because we never truly leave part of us at the door. Work and life impact each other. Coaching includes looking at all aspects of work and life. Yet, you are always in control of defining what is discussed in coaching. You decide. 

 

What impact can be expected from coaching?

The collaborative coaching process creates clarity in the underlying assumptions we all have to gain an understanding of why we do what we do or what is holding us back. As a result, the actions that you define in coaching generate long-term impact and results.

Will assessments be used as part of coaching?

Assessments may be use during the course of your coaching engagement. This is determined by your coaching goals and/or your organization. Regardless of what approach is taken or which assessments are used, your Coach will help you focus on your strengths and work with you to mitigate anything that may be holding you back.  Assessment insights will only be used for developmental purposes - to help you gain insights on your coaching goals and accelerate your growth. 

What happens if I change my mind about my coaching goals?

This is common as leaders begin to explore their developmental goals. As the Client, you are always in charge of what you want to talk about. From time to time, your Coach will review your coaching goal and ensure that the coaching experience is helping you achieve those goals. Together, you and your Coach will redefine goals as needed.

What if I decide that coaching is not for me?

If you ever feel like now is not the right time for coaching, discussing this with your Coach is important. Sometimes it’s as simple as revising and reframing goals. It can also help to get a referral to a Coach with a different approach. And of course, you may end your coaching arrangement at any time.  Refer to your contract for agreements about fees.