vision + action = results
Blazing through the summer of 2016, we have arrived at our August issue covering architecture and design. Reflecting on this topic is of special interest to me at the moment as we are doing some home renovations. We started with a vision and then created a plan (a 42-item Excel spreadsheet divided into five phases) that is keeping us focused, on track, and, thus far, very happy with the outcomes. Even on a project this small that simple plan is critical. That’s what architecture and design is all about. It starts with a vision, then a plan, then executing on that plan. Of course, adaptations are made along the way, corrections will be required and changes are to be expected. But the plan provides the guardrails that honor the vision and delivers it to expectations.
Being a word wonk, I always have to look things up. Dictionary.com lists seven definitions for “architecture,” the
first being the common understanding about creating and designing buildings, structures and communities. But the
last is my favorite. “The structure of anything.” Architecture refers to the structure of anything, as in the example
“the architecture of a novel.” So what about the architecture of your life? The architecture of your business? Do you have a vision? Do you have a plan? Do you know how to execute that plan? Coaching can help you become the architect of your life and business, creating a vision, being clear and deliberate about what you want, taking accountability and ownership for the outcomes. A thrilling prospect! So how does it work?
The International Coach Federation defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process which inspires them to realize their personal and professional potential.” That process includes conversation, deep questioning, self-examination, skills and knowledge acquisition, action plans and metrics, and
relationship and team-building skills. Think of those home-design shows on television, one of my guilty pleasures.
The hosts and homeowners start with what is, create a vision of what could be, jump into the mess of creating
and end up with the finished product. Coaching is just like that, only the work being done is on the much grander scale of your life, your relationships, your business, your career.
Who, then, might want to work with a coach? The ICF website offers these suggestions:
- Something urgent, compelling or exciting is at stake.
- A gap exists in knowledge, skills,confidence or resources.
- A desire to accelerate results.
- A lack of clarity with choices to be made.
- Success has started to become problematic.
- Work and life are out of balance, creating unwanted consequences.
- Core strengths must be identified,along with how best to leverage them.
If any of these hit home, consider working with a coach. It’s an investment that will empower you to create the life you envision. We can be deliberate about our creations, or we can just let things happen and hope for the best. The choice is ours