Why Coaching Works

Why Coaching Works

Coaching helps people move forward by reframing the stories that they tell themselves. Like most seasoned litigators, I’m good at crafting a “story” from disparate pieces of data—and I often witness others doing this as well. The problem is that sometimes all of us get stuck in our stories—whether about ourselves, a certain situation or other people. The result is that we either feel hopeless (“there’s no way I’ll be able to change; this is just who I am”) or else we suffer from analysis paralysis (“if I try X, I’m not sure that it will work, but if I try Y, the same thing might happen, so maybe I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing”). I empathetically challenge my clients to rewrite their stories—and therefore discover new options and possibilities—when they decide that those stories no longer serve them positively.