Carleton University provides one-on-one coaching to staff and faculty. Coaching at Carleton is an opportunity for focused, personal development with the support of a certified personal and professional coach. Internal coaches are available to work with you to meet your goals.
What is Coaching? Coaching is a goal-focused partnership between coach and coachee and a strengths-based approach to personal and professional development. It involves an open and honest one-on-one dialogue, structured to achieve desired results. Coaching leverages the coachee’s strengths and creates space explore possibilities and remove obstacles. Its purpose is to allow staff and faculty to trust themselves to:
contribute to their own development;
think/act in potentially challenging situations; and
take initiative to address issues as they arise.
Research has shown that coaching has positive impacts on self-efficacy, motivation, stress reduction, and commitment to the organization (Sonesh, Coultas, Lacerenza, et al., 2015). To read what some Carleton employees have to say about how they benefitted from coaching, take a look at their testimonials.
All Coaching at Carleton coaches adhere to the ICF Standards of Ethical Conduct. They respect “the strictest levels of confidentiality with all client information unless release is required by law” (ICF Standards of Ethical Conduct). In other words, all the information you share with your coach is strictly confidential to the full extent of organizational and legal obligations. When you contract to work with a Coaching at Carleton coach, the boundaries of organizational and legal confidentiality will be discussed with you.
Information that will be shared for reporting purposes is:
the division you work in (e.g. Finance and Administration);
whether you are staff or faculty;
the number of sessions you attend; and
the general topic discussed
Upon entering into a coaching relationship with a coach at Carleton, you will be asked to sign an internal coaching agreement. This agreement outlines the time commitment, your personal ownership over the coaching relationship and the results you desire, and the coach’s commitment to maintain confidentiality and abide the ethical guidelines of the International Coaching Federation.
Coaches value honesty and they strive to remain open, authentic and transparent in service of their clients. If the coach ever says or does something during coaching sessions that upsets you or doesn’t feel right, you can address the issue with the coach or the Professional Development Officer.
To sign up for coaching at Carleton, simply browse the list of available coaches and send an email inquiry to the coach of your choice. The coach will get back to you within a few business days to set up a time to meet for an introductory session.