Our individual and relationship coaching services help people accelerate growth, deepen awareness, and move toward realizing their visions, goals and desires. These services are available independently or as companion services to our group and organization development services. Primary focus areas often include:
- Leadership development
- Improving management skills
- Improving sales skills
- Career development & transition
- Developing/growing a business
- Starting a business
- Retirement planning
- Spiritual development
- Life balance/integration
- Improving people skills
- Relationship development
- Family communication
- Resolving leadership team conflict
- Financial issues
- Having more fun & relaxation
- Developing coaching skills
- Getting unstuck
- Time management
- Increasing wellness/fitness
- Goal setting/achievement
To request a free, one-hour, no-obligation session to determine your readiness and our compatibility for a coaching relationship, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!
Bill Harley, Professional Certified Coach (PCC),
Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC),
Member, International Coach Federation (ICF)
“Since we retained you for the coaching of our top managers, I feel for the first time in my 14 years of managing managers, I now have a tool which helps people at their core. You’re worth every penny! Thanks again!”
Paul Omdoll, Executive Vice President
The Colman Group, Inc.
How Coaching Works
What do you want? How are you going to get it? What values are important to you? What makes you feel happy and fulfilled? These are questions that we rarely get asked in our daily lives. However, imagine having someone in your life who is there to 1) help you find the answers to these and other important questions, 2) clarify values, 3) articulate goals, 4) define strategies and plans, 5) hold a vision of you in your full expression and success, and 6) challenge you to achieve that vision. This person is known professionally as a coach.
Coaching is a powerful alliance designed to forward and enhance the client’s lifelong process of learning, effectiveness and fulfillment. It empowers both personal and professional success. A coach is trained to assist people in optimizing their performance and deepening their satisfaction in life. Coaches move people from potential to achievement.
Professional Coaching Uses…
- A client-initiated agenda
- Discovery & inquiry
- Feedback that empowers
- Planning & goal-setting
- Requests for action
- is a designed alliance
- is proactive & responsive
- is a process which occurs over time
- holds the focus on the client’s agenda
- provides perspective, structure & support
- builds awareness & responsibility
- enhances skills
- addresses attitude & behavior
- surfaces internal obstacles
- refers therapy issues to other professionals
“Bill Harley is the ‘coach’s coach’. We brought Bill into our organization to teach our employee development staff members to be more effective coaches. He received very high marks. His approach was practical and he gave us tools we could use immediately. Since then, Bill has coached within our organization at the executive level with positive results. Bill’s approach to values-based coaching helps bring the client to new levels of awareness and effectiveness. Whenever I’m asked to refer a top-notch coach, Bill is the first person who comes to mind. I highly recommend him.”
Cathryne M. Walz, Director of Training
Minnesota Department of Transportation
St. Paul, Minnesota
The Coaching Process–An Overview
An individual commits to working with a coach in order to accelerate growth and movement toward the achievement of professional and/or personal goals. The objective of the coach/client relationship is to accomplish these things in such a way that the client also achieves more fulfillment and balance in life. Coaching is a holistic process that draws upon the whole human being.
- Early steps in the coaching process address three areas that are pivotal in the process of accelerating growth. These early steps help achieve clarity on the client’s:
- As the coach and client work on the client’s primary focus areas, the client’s learning is deepened and his or her desired action is forwarded in a variety of ways. One way is by the increasing use of the client’s Key Values, Life Purpose and Future Self Vision as the basis for life decisions and choices. Navigating life in this way leads to the gradual alignment of the client’s internal resources, and releases energy for change and growth. Most clients discover that this is an exhilarating and challenging process; they discover that they have been making many of their choices and decisions without regard to these three key navigation points. At this stage the individual’s limited alignment is as follows:
Alignment: 3-Way Overlap Area
- As work continues on the original and newly arising primary focus areas, skill and commitment increase in making life choices on the basis of Key Values, Life Purpose and Future Self Vision. These three points become consistent navigational stars. The result is increased alignment (Diagram 3). Alignment is the source of authenticity and the emergence of the client’s true self. The true self is the source of fulfillment.
Our coaching process assists individuals in moving from Diagram 2 to Diagram 3.
“I would recommend coaching with Bill Harley for every professional who seeks balance and inner peace in his or her life.”
Marketing Director in Corporate Manufacturing Sector-Female
Relationship Coaching Services
Relationships are the vital core of both personal and organizational life. When relationships flourish, extraordinary accomplishments and fulfillment result. When relationships are static, stressed or in crisis, huge opportunities for accomplishment and fulfillment are lost.
The relationship coaching services of Harley Consulting & Coaching are designed to help the two parties in any relationship learn how to contribute to the needs of the third entity—the relationship itself. Dissonance in relationships is usually an indication that the relationship is trying to move to a higher stage of development. Relationship coaching empowers the relationship partners with new relationship skills. As a result, the partners can avoid behaviors that blight relationships and practice skills and principles that make relationships flourish. Use our relationship coaching services to:
• Strengthen couple relationships
• Optimize leadership team relationships
• Enhance board relationships
• Align CEO & board relationships
• Enrich family relationships
• Optimize business partnerships
• Invigorate professional relationships
• Accelerate team relationship maturation
• Achieve relationship mastery
• Enhance the ability to relate well
• Strengthen skills in creating & maintaining intimacy
• Constructively manage team conflict
• Shift good relationships into great relationships
“Our relationship as business partners was in deep trouble….We hired Bill Harley as a relationship coach to help us sort through our issues, although we were skeptical about our ability to rebuild trust….Bill’s process does not promise complete bliss post coaching, but he does help the partners develop the tools to use when problems arise in the future. It is a very practical and realistic approach. We are grateful for his help. It saved our business!”
Male & Female Business Co-Owners
Individual & Relationship Coaching Assessment Tools
In our individual and relationship coaching processes we sometimes use a variety of 360º assessment tools as well as the following:
EQ-i: Emotional Quotient Inventory
Description: As opposed to measuring IQ, which involves cognitive abilities (e.g. memory, reasoning, recall, symbolic thinking, and visual motor performance), this instrument measures Emotional Intelligence. EQ-i is the first and most highly validated scientific instrument to evaluate an individual’s functional emotional and social strengths and weaknesses. It measures an array of non-cognitive capabilities that determine one’s emotional and social competence and influence one’s ability to succeed in life. Since all these capabilities can change and be improved, the EQ-i also provides guidance in improving Emotional Intelligence.
Applications: Provides information that can be useful in personal and professional development applications such as leadership development, career management, coaching, performance management, talent management, team-building, self development, change management, merger integration, restructuring and realignment, recruiting and retaining high performers, managing diversity, stress management and predicting performance.
KAI: Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory
Description: Measures differences in thinking style in individuals, relating particularly to preferred style of creativity, problem solving and decision-making. The overall score places the respondent on a continuum ranging from highly adaptive to highly innovative.
Applications: Generating better self-understanding; generating better understanding of others; learning to value diversity; understanding creativity and problem solving style differences; improving team member relationships; understanding how to design teams for success; improving continuous improvement and innovation efforts; improving communication skills in work, marriage and parenting; understanding the style demands of specific jobs; preventing job mismatch and enhancing job satisfaction.
MBTI: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Description: Measures respondents’ preferences on four scales: 1) Extraversion-Introversion; 2) Sensing-Intuition; 3) Thinking-Feeling; and 4) Judging-Perceiving. The various combinations of these preferences result in 16 different personality types.
Applications: Generating better self-understanding; generating better understanding of others; learning to value diversity; improving team member relationships; improving communication skills in work, marriage and parenting; conflict resolution; leadership development; career guidance, understanding the style demands of specific jobs; increasing productivity; preventing job mismatch and enhancing job satisfaction.
CISS: Campbell Interest and Skill Survey
Description: A contemporary survey measuring self-reported interests and skills. The interest scale reflects the individual’s degree of attraction for specific occupational areas. The CISS also adds a skill scale that gives an estimate of the individual’s confidence in his or her ability to perform various occupational activities. Respondents learn how their likes, dislikes, and self-reported skills compare to those of individuals who are happily and successfully employed in occupations that require a post-secondary education.
Applications: Most appropriate for use with individuals who have completed college, are currently in college, or plan to attend. It can be useful in: providing information to assist with career exploration and career development; helping individuals find occupations that help meet their needs; assisting employees who have been displaced by organizational restructuring and are faced with a job transition.
SSBA: Selling Skills Benchmark Assessment
Description: This assessment instrument measures both the knowledge and application skill of respondents in six key categories of critical selling skills that determine a sales person’s success.
Applications: The initial administration of this assessment serves as a benchmark against which later administrations can be compared to measure the respondent’s progress in the context of sales training, sales coaching, and sales skill application growth cycles.
“Bill Harley is a man of deep integrity and compassionate power. He is a seasoned and skilled coach. He is a facilitator of change in a most gentle and effective manner. He asks questions that go to the core. He takes calculated and efficacious risks. He has been very, very helpful to me.”
Male Making Major Change In Career Direction