How Jim Works

Freewheeling with a “Concrete / Random”

There’s a model of thinking styles where people are categorized as either Concrete or Abstract and either Random or Sequential.

Combine those choices and there are four thinking styles:

  • Concrete / Random (this is me)
  • Concrete / Sequential (imagine an engineer)
  • Abstract / Random (imagine a starving artist)
  • Abstract / Sequential (imagine a process designer)

What it means to me that I’m a “CR,” is that the random part means I like an intuitive, spontaneous process and the concrete part means I like to see results.

What does that mean to you:  I maintain a loose focus on your ultimate coaching goals while you get to address the issues of your day you bring to the conversation or we discover when we meet.

That means I follow a loose process.

This is a strict process model for training to run a marathon.

This is a strict process model for training to run a marathon.

To clarify this point, note the image at the right from a web site detailing Hal Higdon’s Marathon Training Programs:

This tells you exactly what to do each week if you’re an intermediate level runner to be ready to run a marathon in 18 weeks.

I don’t work that way.  Although I may almost always bring a specific question to our meeting or call, I often don’t know what that will be until I ask it.

How I work is, once I know what you want to accomplish, many of our meetings will start with me asking something as profound as “what’s new?”   Other times you’ll bring a list of the issues you want to cover.  Sometimes I’ll bring a list of the issues we’ve discussed and actions you’ve said you’d take.  With some clients, they’ll do what I call a “core dump” of what is going on and together we’ll sort through it all and find the gold.

Our conversations will usually be informal and spontaneous.

Not for everyone

Many people looking for a coach want more structure.  Some would prefer a coaching program that looks more like the marathon training program shown above.  Some coaches will be unhappy if you don’t bring the agenda with you.

Structure is a good thing.  It’s just not my thing.

The entrepreneurs and other leaders I work with live in a whirlwind of initiatives, priorities and challenges.  Our conversations help them bring order to that chaos and they appreciate my ability to take it all in and distill it to a shorter, more actionable list.

If you were referred to me and you’re pretty sure you’d prefer a coach who provides a structured process, I might be able to steer you to someone who would be a better fit.  One of my best coaching friends is very, very structured.

If you’re the kind of person that can touch on 27 issues over the course of 27 sentences, you might appreciate my ability to track those threads and discover the connecting opportunity.

Tools of my trade

If that’s the how we do it, what’s the “what” that we do?  We will connect face-to-face to meet and we’ll talk, and/or we’ll connect by phone / Skype / Face-time.

I’ll want to see your Strengths Finder results, or I’ll have you take that assessment.  I may have you do another assessment and probably won’t.  You’ll have action assignments as a result of our conversations and those assignments should feel like assignments you gave to yourself.  If it feels like I gave them to you, they’re the wrong assignments.

I may bring in a friend to do some special work with you at some point as I have in bringing in an equine coach, an organizational consultant or a golf pro.  I definitely don’t always do that.  It depends on what you need.

Related Topics

Having said all that, the sub-menu to this section will introduce you to the following topics.  I hope these help.

  • How we get started
  • The kind of people I work with
  • Coaching fees
  • Program options
  • Your first coaching program
  • Ongoing coaching
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