Co-creation and partnership are the hallmarks of all HummingByrd coaching engagements. Clients from all around the world choose to work with us to achieve new levels of performance, enhanced relationships and necessary change in mindset and behavior to meet both organizational and personal needs. Like any successful relationship, all coaching engagements are based on trust. Without it, co-creation and partnership simply will not happen.

Co-creation and partnership embody how we, in line with the International Coach Federation (ICF), define coaching: a “partnering between the Coach and Coachee in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

What that creative process will look like and what that potential will develop into will be uniquely yours. With every coaching session, we adhere to the highest ethical standards as defined by the ICF: With HummingByrd, we become your partner well before your first official coaching session to ensure fully enriching engagement that will deliver the results you need.

In line with these standards, we build an ongoing partnership with every Client to ensure action toward the realization of her visions, goals or desires. We co-create a process of inquiry and personal discovery to both build the Client’s level of awareness and responsibility and provide structure, support, and feedback, thereby helping her both define and achieve professional and personal goals faster and with more ease than would be possible otherwise.

Throughout this process, we remain steadfastly clear that coaching is NOT:

  • consulting where the consultant is an expert hired to solve a problem and give advice. A coach co-creates a process of inquiry and discovery which helps the coachee to find her own solutions.
  • training where the trainer or “sensei” is teaching or providing a learning experience decided by the trainer for the trainee. Coaching is a co-created learning process that involves reflection and introspection.
  • mentoring where the mentor shares wisdom and experience from having had the same or similar professional journey. Unlike a mentor, a coach does not need to have had the same experience, nor does she have an agenda for the coachee.
  • counseling where the counselor invites the client to delve into past experience to gain insight into emotional issues. A coach focuses on the future and will refer clients with emotional needs to qualified licensed mental health professionals.

In maintaining this high level of clarity and partnership in our coaching engagements, we are better equipped to help successful leaders and teams become even more successful. We know when to challenge, how to listen and encourage the Client to be open to changing mindset and behavior to achieve a lasting, positive and intended impact on relationships, organizations and the bottom line.