Life Coaching: The Client
For me, life coaching involves you, the client, who is dissatisfied with an area of their life. This falls into three broad categories; positive goals I would like to reach, issues which are causing me discomfort and thirdly, a state of feeling lost or confused. You may experience all three at once in different areas of your life, but the best thing is, if you are reading this, which you are, you are already on your journey to addressing these issues. I congratulate you and if you haven’t already, would encourage you to download the DRIVEN Plan now, and to work through it. I believe you may be surprised at what happens.
Driven Life Coaching: The Coach
Driven life coaching is not some huge organisation but is actually me, Adrian. Pleased to meet you by the way. I hope by now you have downloaded the DRIVEN Plan and worked through it. If you have, then you will have a sense of my personal approach and also what the ‘D’ in DRIVEN represents. D is for Desire. Whether you have unfulfilled goals, discomfort in areas of your life or are feeling lost and confused, then congratulations, you are human. And as a human you have no doubt had your fair share of up’s and downs that have made you the person you are today. My role is to help you discover what you want life to look like tomorrow, next year and in some areas, for the rest of your life. This won’t be achieved by hours unravelling your most distressing memories. Instead, together, we will draw on your emotional intelligence, supplement it in areas which need developing and then harness your strengths to surge forward towards positive and permanent change.
Driven Life Coaching: Qualifying
For me, someone who qualifies to perform a role is not the same as someone who has a qualification. I believe I meet the role of a life coach based on my experience, and qualifications. I developed an interest in ‘what makes people tick’ at about sixteen years old. In the almost twenty years since, I have studied Psychology at Degree level, Youth and Community work at Post graduate level and have also completed a 150 hour intensive coaching course with the best in the world (see ‘What is Strategic Intervention’ section below). I have been drawn to helping those who struggle the most and have held positions in colleges, the probation service, a five year odyssey in the second poorest estate in England coordinating award winning programs addressing gun and knife crime, and I presently work with young people in a Young Offenders Institute teaching business enterprise. My every activity involves exploring the best in people, whoever they are and whatever they have done. And I believe it is applying that curiosity which qualifies me as a life coach.
What is Strategic Intervention
The training I underwent to qualify specifically as a life coach is described by the training provider as follows:
Strategic Intervention (also known as SI) is a project dedicated to extracting the most practical and effective forms of strategic action and communication from a variety of disciplines: Ericksonian therapy, strategic family therapy, Human Needs Psychology, organizational psychology, neurolinguistics, psychology of influence, strategic studies, traditions of diplomacy and negotiation, game theory, and others. The term “Strategic Intervention” was coined by Anthony Robbins, Cloe Madanes, and Mark Peysha to describe their change work. Mark Peysha has further developed Strategic Intervention as an interdisciplinary framework and movement.
Strategic Intervention exists wherever human beings use extraordinary skill to bring about positive personal and cultural change. Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi are examples of masterful Strategic Interventionists who transcend the particularities of religion, culture, institution, job description, or political philosophy (as a Strategic Interventionist should.)
What distinguishes SI from other strategic studies is the belief that certain holistic solutions “snap into place” when more people’s needs are met, expressed, and elevated. These solutions actually deliver more benefit for less effort.
Anthony Robbins, Cloe Madanes, Mark Peysha and Magali Peysha are the founders of Strategic Intervention Coaching. They have been powerfully influenced by the great insights and works of Victor Frankl and Milton Erickson’s creative breakthroughs in human intervention.
Strategic Intervention is also grounded in the work of the Gregory Bateson group at the Mental Research Institute, which in the late 1950’s originated the new paradigm of interactional and systemic studies, which became a watershed in the development of disciplines such as game theory, cybernetics, neurolinguistics, organizational psychology, management psychology, and dozens of other systemic disciplines.
The goal of Strategic Intervention is to integrate the core insights of these traditions into a method of practical strategic action. SI encompasses strategies that span from the belief systems and emotional patterns within an individual, to individual relationships, to group dynamics, to organizational and cultural interventions. A trained SI coach navigates these different arenas with ease.