What Is Coaching?

Coaching is a partnership between coach and client, utilizing a thought-provoking and creative process to inspire and motivate clients to maximize their personal and professional potential.


  • seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client and believe that the client is naturally creative, resourceful, and has the answers.
  • listen beyond what is said, observe, encourage self-discovery, and customize their approach to meet the individual needs of the client.   
  • help clients make adjustments, remove roadblocks and supports the skills, resources, and creativity the client already has.
  • help clients see the big picture.
  • support client accountability.

Most importantly, the coaching relationship is 100% in support of YOU, the client.

What Are The Benefits Of Coaching?

There are many wonderful benefits associated with professional coaching. Individuals who engage in a coaching relationship can expect to experience:

  • fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities,
  • enhanced thinking and decision making skills,
  • enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and
  • increased confidence in carrying out their chosen work and life roles.  

Consistent with a commitment to enhancing personal effectiveness, clients can also expect to see appreciable results in the areas of productivity, profitability, play and personal satisfaction with life and work, and the achievement of personally and professionally relevant goals.

Karen's Approach, the Sweet-T Process, is Core Energy Coaching utilizing Energy Leadership™:

What is Energy Leadership™?

Energy Leadership™ is the process that develops a personally effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only yourself, but also those with whom you work and interact, as well as your organization as a whole.

EVERYONE is a leader either by choice or default.

If you don’t think of yourself as a leader, then you are limited in your thinking. Leading is the way we help move people into action, including us. The question is not whether or not we are leaders, but how well we lead.

A Mirror That Reflects Your World

The Energy Leadership™ Index (E.L.I.) is a one-of-a-kind assessment that enables leaders to hold up mirrors to their perceptions, attitudes, behaviors, and overall leadership capabilities.  The E.L.I. forms the initial launching point for our coaching process and helps give you a baseline for your current performance and situation.  The realizations that you'll gain from the Energy Leadership assessment and debrief process alone will change the way you view your world.

Background: An Attitudinal Assessment

There are two main types of assessments: Personality and Attitudinal. Personality based assessments, such as Myers Briggs and D.I.S.C. are very valuable tools that pinpoint certain personality types so that people can have more of an understanding about what their strengths and weaknesses are. By understanding your personality and how it relates to what you do, you can adapt your behavior to "work with what you have," to function effectively.

The E.L.I. is an attitudinal assessment, which is based on an energy/action model. This assessment differs from personality assessments as it is not intended to label a person and have them work well within that label. Instead, it measures your level of energy based on your attitude, or perception and perspective of your world. Because attitude is subjective, it can be altered. By working with a coach using the E.L.I., you can alter your attitude and perspective, make a shift in your consciousness, and increase your energy and leadership effectiveness.

There are no limits as to the potential growth that you can achieve. Once you realize that your level of consciousness is directly related to your actions, you can move from functioning effectively, to functioning optimally.

As part of the Energy Leadership Index assessment and debrief process, you'll learn about the 7 levels of leadership and how much energy you currently have in the catabolic-suppressing range and in the anabolic-inspirational range.  You'll be debriefed on the findings of the assessment, and coached on how to navigate yourself to higher performance.

If you proceed on to a Coaching Package, you'll be coached on how to become your ideal image of who you desire to be as a leader for your situation, division, team, company and/or life.

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