Change Management Coaching
“Wendy is a fantastically effective coach.”
Sharpening skills for change success
Change coaching is ideal for leaders at all levels who want to sharpen their ability to drive change in their teams, departments, and organizations.
Our focus is on strengthening your performance in relevant change competencies, such as communication, goal-setting, problem identification, solution selection, staff engagement, implementation planning, measurement, team development and more.
Because the personal demands of leading change are often underestimated, we may also address aspects of self-management, such as prioritization, delegation, personal motivation and self-care.
I draw on over twenty-years experience in organizational change and graduate-level training in coaching to help you navigate real-time change challenges and capitalize on current opportunities. I hold certifications in change management and project management, among other credentials, so you can be confident our discussions will be grounded in recognized standards of good practice.
Is coaching right for you? It only takes 30 minutes to find out. Schedule a time for us to chat today — it’s free and there’s no obligation for you to continue.
What is change coaching?
What it is NOT
A training course
A step-by-step process for change
Consulting services that solve change challenges for you
Mentoring focused on my experiences
What it IS
Tailored to your goals and the growth areas most pressing to you
Grounded in evidence-based practices vs prescribed change methods
Aimed at building on existing skills and strengths
Concentrated on real-time situations
Driven by you – you set the agenda for each session; you decide what you work on between sessions
“Wendy is very engaged when she coaches; very present. She shows genuine concern and support, while keeping the pressure on to keep moving forward.”
Who is it for?
Changes requires professionals at all levels — executives, middle managers, professional and technical staff — to develop new skills or apply their existing skills in new ways. Coaching can benefit both those who initiate a change, as well as those tasked with implementing the decisions of others. The focus of the coaching engagement will shift depending on the specific role you play in the change, which could include:
Executives in Sponsorship or Governance roles
Change Agents, Change Leads or Team Leads
Implementation Team Members
Project or Program Managers
Directors, Supervisors or others in mid-level managerial roles
Does it work?
A recent study by the International Coach Federation and Human Capital Institute found that coaching with a professional change practitioner was considered to be the most helpful learning activity for achieving goals of change initiatives — even though it is less common than formal training, meetings with senior leaders, or stretch assignments.
More generally, several meta-analyses (a study that reviews findings from multiple studies) have found that coaching is linked with skill-building, improved performance and increased motivation. (See here or here.)
“Wendy didn't let me get away with easy answers. She gently prodded and made me reflect more on myself, my words, and my decisions to bring about new realizations and ultimately better outcomes. It was a fantastic investment.”
You can book as little as three sessions to focus on single, real-time change challenge, or we can work together throughout the lifespan of your change effort. Regardless, you can can expect:
Assessments: All coaching series include several assessments to help us focus on the areas of greatest relevance to you and ensure we build on your strengths.
Goals and Plans: Our work together is directed by your goals. We'll collaboratively develop clear goal statements to guide us, as well as the action plans you'll need to achieve them.
Awareness Building: Expect to spend some time exploring your current situation, clarifying what is (isn't) working, and identifying new approaches you might try.
Tailored one-on-one coaching: We'll meet via Zoom web conference on a regular schedule, usually for 60 minutes. (The first session is always longer and lasts about 90 - 120 minutes).
Convenience: Online scheduling and payment, and sessions via video conference, keep logistical concerns to a minimum. I offer sessions Monday - Thursday, with some evening and early morning availability.
Insights: Key findings and leading practices from change research are often woven into sessions or offered for exploration on your own.
Experiences: You'll "put insights into practice" between coaching sessions, and we'll debrief your experiences for continued learning.
Confidential, non-judgmental support. I believe firmly in your ability to succeed and identify what works best for you. It's not my role to judge you or your ideas, but rather to help you — and sometimes challenge you — to clarify your change leadership goals and take the steps necessary to achieve them.
What can you expect to invest?
When considering coaching it’s important to reflect on what improved performance and greater confidence during times of change would be worth to you — not just in monetary terms, but also in the time, attention, and energy you’ll invest in the process.
To reap the benefits of coaching you’ll need to invest your focus, energy, and time both during and between coaching sessions. It’s essential to create the space you’ll need to explore and experiment.
My minimum engagement with clients is three sessions, which is appropriate for more experienced change leaders or practitioners who are interested in collaborating on a single, defined issue.
I work with many clients for 6 - 12 months, which provides the opportunity for collaboration on a variety of topics during key phases of a change effort.
I meet with most clients every two weeks, however, client needs and preferences determine the frequency of sessions. That said, I do require that we meet at least once per month.
My standard session rate is $250; consideration is provided to individuals paying on their own, nonprofit organizations, as well as those who purchase multi-session packages.
Is change leadership coaching right for you?
Find out by scheduling a time for us to chat. We’ll discuss your current situation, the type of support you are looking for, and my services and approach. The only cost to you is 30 minutes of your time.