Coaching for alignment: EMCC GPS Dialogue Series Raja'a Allaho

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Join Raja'a Allaho for a dialogue on Coaching for Alignment; supporting people to live their values

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This is part of EMCC Global 's GPS Dialogue Series of conversations leading on from the GPS - Global Provider Summit. It is aimed at Quality Award (EQA and ESQA) training providers, ISMCP Award Holders and EMCC Organisational Members, EMCC Global ‘Thought Leaders' and organisations currently interested in accrediting their programme/s .

The dialogue takes place on Zoom, and participants will be sent a link on registration. Expect to take part in a video-on, microphone-on discussion as we seek to co-create the future for our professional practice.

Executive coach, speaker, trainer and author and Raja'a Allaho, will open a discussion about the 'coaching for alignment' methodology she has developed with executive coach Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh. This is a culturally-specific approach to support people of all beliefs to grow and flourish in alignment with their deeply-held values.

The Coaching for Alignment model is based on The Ershad Coaching Framework, itself developed by building on theories from coaching psychology and positive psychology and designed for use in Islamic culture. We have adapted and revised the framework based on our professional experiences, reflective practice and feedback from experts and clients.

Purpose of the Framework

The “coaching for alignment” methodology allows clients to align their personal values to their everyday professional and personal practices. In our experience, a widening gap between a person’s values and what she is required to do at work and in life can lead to disengagement and stress. This purpose of this framework (see below) is to increase engagement and wellbeing by supporting clients to gain greater alignment.

Overview of the Components of the Framework

The three components of this methodology are the Partnership Conditions, the Conversational Process and the Alignment Wheel.

Partnership conditions: Mutual trust and respect

The partnership conditions of mutual trust and respect are pre-requisites for effective Ershad coaching conversations. This means that the coach should demonstrate respect for the client through all of their interactions and behaviours. Mutual trust will grow once the coaching relationship is built on the foundations of a respectful interaction.

The conversational process

The main component of this framework is the conversational process. The role of the coach is to facilitate the conversation using a set of skills and a particular coaching way of being. When coaching for alignment, the coaching way of being is characterised by patience, humanity, humility and positivity. The coach adopts an open, non-judgmental approach in order to support the client to understand what is most important and then identify the most appropriate path to follow. There are four phases of the conversational process:

Discovery: In this phase, the client reflects on herself, her relationships and her experiences. The coach supports the client to appreciate and better understand her existing resources. During this phase, it is helpful for the client to see her current situation from a new or different perspective. The purpose is to gain greater clarity about the situation and to ensure that the client is aware of her strengths and resources and is taking forward what is most useful from her experiences.

Intention: In this phase, the client is asked to turn their attention to the future. The coach supports the client to articulate her intention for the future. This is not about identifying goals. The purpose is for the client to identify what is most meaningful for her, allowing her to set a direction. When “coaching for alignment”, this is a very significant phase and the coach’s role is to encourage the client to articulate her intention very clearly.

Pathways: In this phase, the client is supported to explore a number of ways in which she would be able to move closer to her intention. The coach’s role is to encourage the client to generate as many ideas as possible. Following this, the client should identify one pathway to pursue.

Effort: In the last phase of the conversational process, the client is invited to consider what effort is required to follow the chosen pathway. The coach’s role is to help the client to discuss how the effort that will be invested aligns with her intention. The client will need to think about the necessary behaviours and ways of thinking. When the client is successful, she will be turning her intention into the way that she lives her life.

The Alignment Wheel

The Alignment Wheel is at the heart of “coaching for alignment”. Its purpose is to support clients to make choices and decisions that are aligned with their own beliefs and values. At various stages in the conversational process, the coach should invite the client to reflect on the question of alignment. For example, how is her intention aligned with her personal values? The alignment wheel (which is at the heart of the framework) should be referred to as needed throughout the conversation.

Applying the Framework

The framework can be applied in various professional and personal contexts in order to align a person’s values and her practices. This can be achieved by raising the client’s self- awareness, inviting self-reflection and encouraging her to take personal responsibility for investing effort towards her intention.

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