Every Integral Coaching Engagement starts with a Purpose and Outcome Statement that includes a list of up to five outcomes, stated as improvements in competence; for example, “Manage difficult conversations more skillfully,” “Speak in a way that moves people to action,” or “Develop a sense of calm amid life’s turbulence.”
Competence is distinct from a goal. A goal is something you achieve, like getting a promotion or losing ten pounds. Competence is a capacity that endures. It helps us to define particular goals and stays with us afterward it is realized. For example, speaking in a way that moves people to action can contribute to a promotion. It can also open up new possibilities for our friendships, family life, and health.
Fulfillment is a deeply felt experience that validates what we are doing, how we are living, and who we are becoming, is meaningful and worthwhile. We know that we are fulfilled when we are feel deeply held by life, and when what once burdened us has lifted. When we speak of the outcomes of Integral Coaching, three competencies are important: self-assessing, self-correcting and self-generating. What do these words mean?
When we are self-assessing, we have the capacity to observe the discrepancy that exists between how we intend to show-up and how we actually do. When clients are self-assessing they are motivated to self-correct.
When we are self-correcting, we have the insight necessary to make the corrections, by ourself, that bridge the gap between our espoused goals and our actual actions. When clients are self-correcting, they are not dependent upon a coach.
When we are self-generating, we have the ability to continuously renew ourselves by drawing upon resources from without and within. When clients are self-generating, the development of a new competence, and achievement of a goal, is not a final end state but an inspiration to continuously expand the process.
All three competencies are essential for us, especially when our life takes a new direction or when we feel thwarted in our intentions.