HAPPY WHOLE HUMAN® Coaching: Six Step Strategy
Many people have a sense that something is wrong in their own lives, or in their families or companies. They know that they need help either figuring out what it is and making a needed change, or resolving disputes and moving forward. Our philosophy is that most people have a better sense of what they need than anyone else possibly could. With this in mind, we empower clients to increasingly trust themselves, know themselves, and follow their instincts as they realize their desired outcomes.
The HAPPY WHOLE HUMAN® holistic approach to wellness supports clients in: 1. assessing strength and growth areas, 2. envisioning, 3. empowering themselves via Do-It-Yourself tools, 4. working through barriers, 5. designing a plan of action, and 6. reevaluating progress along the way to readjust as necessary.
1. Assessing strength and growth areas
As a first step, we ask clients to take the confidential 15 minute online HWH Holistic Wellness Self-assessment and get a personalized results report with next step suggestions on how to improve their lives and relationships across 28 dimensions of health. When a group of people take the test, we can provide their leadership with valuable insights in the form of quantitative aggregate reports and customizable dashboards. In our coaching intake session, we go over the results report and focus on clients’ strengths and what is working well and what areas could use some work. Often, people are so concerned about what is wrong that the functional strengths are taken for granted. HAPPY WHOLE HUMAN® coaches help clients to highlight their essential strengths and use them to make needed changes.
After assessing strengths, values, and goals, analyzing the changing context, and identifying any outdated strategies and dynamics, we explain the Happy Whole Human vision and work with clients as they connect to their true selves and commit to improving their lives and relationships. We also work with clients to help them assess their current values and practices, how things in their lives and contexts are changing, identify any gaps between what is and what is desired, and clarify the ways in which old methods and strategies are no longer working.
3. Empowering themselves via Do-It-Yourself tools
Depending on what the assessment exercises have highlighted, clients may opt to focus on specific areas to target for improvement. The HWH workbook (and resource page of the website) offers exercises and affirmations for each of the 28 dimensions of holistic wellness. Coaches support clients as they seek out and utilize appropriate resources and support as well.
4. Working through barriers
Coaches help clients work through any blockages or barriers that are holding them back from their goals. Sometimes this involves them using coaches as sounding boards to work through issues. Other times coaches might help clients identify and release stuck emotional energy using breath work and meditative
visualizations. In our work helping to improve relationship dynamics, whether working with married couples, friends, coworkers, or communities, we help individuals identify common interests and find ways to address or put aside differences to allow forward movement towards shared goals. Happy Whole Human coaches teach clients constructive, non-defensive emotion management and communication strategies. We help to raise individual awareness and accountability while helping clients detach from other people’s patterns and projections. We also help clients seek out appropriate resources and support as appropriate.
5. Designing a plan of action
Using all of the information obtained and progress made in the preliminary steps, we help clients to come up with a pragmatic plan of action to ensure that their lifestyle sets them up for success in realizing their goals.
Lifestyle Architecture. For individuals, this can involve a process that Lisa refers to as Lifestyle Architecture (thanks to her friend Mike Michael for coining this term).
System Architecture. For families, companies, and organizations,HAPPY WHOLE HUMAN® coaching conceives of this process as System Architecture in which the operating rules, principles, values, priorities, and goals of all parties and the organizing system itself are considered and used to create a plan of action that is likely to be effective in achieving the shared goals and vision.
6. Evaluating and readjusting
Because circumstances and individuals inevitably change in unexpected ways, our coaches help clients to periodically evaluate their progress and readjust their vision and action plan as necessary. Every three months, clients will be invited to retake the HWH Self-assessment to keep momentum and check in to see if they are sticking to the plan. If not, clients may need to recalibrate and revise their approach and we will be there to support them in the process.
Scope of HWH Coaching
Individual coaching includes:
Identifying and achieving goals
Uncovering and removing blocks
Assisting with communication and correspondence
Couples coaching aims to:
Minimize conflict, confusion, and pain
Support philosophical shifts of perspective
Improve or at least salvage relationships or provide support for ending relationships
Facilitate the renegotiation of agreements
Reconcile conflicts of interest
Company and organizational coaching aims to:
Understand underlying dynamics
Build company loyalty
Facilitate the negotiation of agreements
Reconcile of conflicts of interest
Develop cohesive mission statements
Support Human Resource analysis
Develop change strategies
Identify and achieve goals
Find appropriate roles for individuals
Set employees up for success
Respond to change
Build effective teams
Coordinate and refocus when facing gridlock
The Three Principles of HWH Collaborative Coaching
(adapted with permission from principles for writing center consultations at the UT Undergraduate Writing Center)