How Will Core Coaching Help Me?

Rebecca Shafir

Rebecca Shafir, M.A CCC answers your questions on How Core Coaching Can Help You.

Q:   Rebecca, you coach executive functioning to college students and entrepreneurs. What do these populations have in common?

A:  College students are the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. I find that many of the problems my entrepreneur clients (many in their 30’s and 40’s) have are problems with executive functioning that were never addressed in high school or college. The current rate of startup failures is between 80-90%.  If I can teach a college student how to be the CEO of him or herself, we could see a major decrease in that failure rate.

Q: Are the executive function demands the same for students and entrepreneurs?

A:  Very much the same. Executive functioning, in a nutshell, is the ability to get the right work done, done well and on time. It includes many functions such as working memory, time management, self- monitoring, etc. Both endeavors require the thinking brain to be dominant over the emotional brain, to solve problems and be productive. There isn’t a lot of difference between having to play a few different roles in a startup and taking five demanding college classes. Being a founder is more dynamic, however, with even more riding on executive functioning ability such as decision-making, team building and leading others.

  Q: Why do you call it “Core” Coaching?

A: Most people are familiar with the concept of a physical core – a group of muscles in the mid-section of your body that enable to you to stand and move. If your core muscles are weak your strength and mobility is significantly compromised. Similarly, if your cognitive core skills and routines (emotional self-regulation, focus and follow through and communication) are weak, you will be less effective in school and the workplace. Highly successful people, with or without ADHD, possess strong core skills and routines.                   

Q: What makes your CoreCoaching approach unique?

I begin asking my clients to describe a vision of themselves when they won’t need coaching anymore. Then we identify the behaviors that are getting in the way of achieving that vision: procrastination, emotional dysregulation, distractions, negative self talk are just some of the most common obstacles. Rather than throwing a bag of solutions at them, I apply my Go Micro approach. We identify one behavior change that is slightly beyond their comfort zone, but one they can do consistently. The effect of this one small change is observable and significant enough to motivate the client to take on more formidable changes. We monitor the effectiveness of that one step and gradually advance the challenge. There’s much more to the CoreCoaching method than that, but it makes the coaching experience less overwhelming, effective and sustaining.   

If you are interested in CoreCoaching, call the Hallowell Center Metrowest at 978-287-0810.

Remote, online coaching options are also available.

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