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Professional Coaching from CWFL

Is Executive Coaching
Right For You?

Coaching is a consulting approach to help leaders at USC reach and sustain their highest levels of performance.

This page describes who is eligible for the service, what coaching entails, and features that make it different than counseling.

Can't decide if coaching is right for you? Contact CWFL to speak with one of our coaches, who can assist you in clarifying your goals and guiding you to the service that's right for you.

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What is Coaching?

Coaching is a form of consultation for USC leaders, including:

  • executives and administrators at a director level and above
  • department chairs and deans
  • faculty members
  • physicians
  • lab directors and principal investigators

It is also a great resource for individual contributors in high-performance positions, including our USC faculty-physicians.

Coaching is strengths-based, and focuses upon skill-building through:

  • case examples
  • assigned reading
  • exercises and
  • rehearsal

Coaching is forward-looking, assumes a positive view of the future, and is intended to help you succeed.

Coaching is solution-focused, bringing successes from the past into the service of present goals.

Coaching creates movement and change, which are supported through goal-setting and accountability check-ins.

Coaching is a mixture of face-to-face consultations and telephonic check-ins. Video-conferencing may be an option for coaching.

All coaching contacts are presumed to be made available on paid work time and during your normal work shift, unless specified otherwise. You will schedule your Coaching contacts in such a way as to prioritize the requirements of your regular work and needs of your staff.

Coaching is offered to you by CWFL, as an investment towards your success.


Important Facts About Coaching

Coaching is not therapy, and does not use counseling techniques

While the Center for Work & Family Life does offer personal counseling to staff and faculty, up to ten sessions per year, your Coaching consultations do not deplete that bank of available sessions. You may participate separately in personal counseling with CWFL at any time, and on any matter of importance to you, but usually with a different CWFL professional staff member than your Coach.

Coaching does not generate a diagnosis, nor presume a disorder is present.


How Might You Benefit from Coaching?

Is coaching right for you? At the USC Center for Work and Family Life, our credentialed professional coaches will tailor a coaching partnership to meet your unique needs. The following are examples of how faculty and executives at USC have used CWFL coaching for their success.

  New Arrival   High Performer

Designed for newly-hired faculty and executives who want to establish early success within an elite educational organization. Typical coaching conversations include:

  • Orientation to USC culture and resources
  • Networking leads
  • Planning for an impactful first 180 days
  • Professional goal-setting
  • Identifying priorities
  • Developing your professional persona

Designed for those who want to create laser focus and momentum. This includes key individual contributors as well as faculty on a promotion path to tenure. Typical coaching conversations include:

  • Time and energy management
  • Creating your vision
  • Effective planning
  • Practicing mindfulness
  • Work-Life balance
  • Stress management
  • Productive writing skills
  Emerging Leader   Sustained Leadership

Designed for new leaders, such as faculty chairs, division chiefs, and executives at director level or above. Typical coaching conversations include:

  • Creating an inspiring and compelling vision
  • Leading others through change
  • Crucial conversations, conflict management
  • Building collaboration
  • Navigating the politics of the organization
  • Employee engagement
  • Time & energy management
  • Empowering women in leadership
  • Giving and seeking feedback

Designed for seasoned leaders who wish to sustain their leadership presence with vitality and innovation. Typical coaching conversations include:

  • Renewal and rejuvenation
  • Values-based leadership
  • Work-life balance
  • SWOT analyses
  • Using a leader dashboard
  • Driving innovation
  • Paying it forward through mentoring
  • Succession planning
  Thought Leader   Collaborator

Designed for key individual performers whose success is tied to the influence of others in a matrixed organization. Typical coaching conversations include:

  • Influence without authority
  • Creating and narrating your vision
  • Overcoming resistance by others
  • Building collaboration
  • Best practices in assertion skills

Designed for professionals whose future success will be tied to establishing collaboration and trust with those working around them. Typical coaching conversations include:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Building trust daily
  • Stress management through depersonalizing
  • Advanced collaboration strategies
  • Practicing mindfulness
  • Reputation enhancement
  Life Achievement   Evolving Educator

Designed for those seeking greater achievement and satisfaction in their personal lives outside of work. Typical coaching conversations include:

  • Values clarification
  • SMART goals
  • Time and energy management
  • Planning skills
  • Practicing mindfulness

Designed for faculty whose future success as a classroom educator is tied to updating their teaching methods to meet the evolving styles of student learning preferences. Typical coaching conversations include:

  • Understanding Millennial learning preferences
  • Postmodern teaching methods
  • Re-tooling for technology and social media
  • Stress management through depersonalizing
  Wellness Resolution   Rewirement (aka Success in Retirement)

Designed for individuals who wish to adopt and integrate new behaviors for a "healthier you." Typical coaching conversations include:

  • Success in keeping a health resolution
  • Readiness for change
  • Building a support system
  • Smoking cessation, weight loss or sleep improvement
  • Coping with a new medical diagnosis
  • Maintaining compliance with a physician's treatment plan
  • Adapting successfully with medically-related lifestyle changes
  • Practicing mindfulness

Designed for those wanting a stimulating and high-quality lifestyle in retirement. Typical coaching conversations include:

  • Developing a new identity for the next stage
  • Establishing retirement goals and priorities
  • Values clarification
  • Practicing wellness
  • Paying it forward through volunteerism
  • USC Emeriti Center events and services
  • Stress management for caregivers

Our Coaches are Credentialed

The majority of our coaches at the Center for Work and Family Life are credentialed by the International Coach Federation. Credentialing includes completion of coach-specific training, coach supervision and mentoring, case reviews and a board exam.

Next Step

Please contact the USC Center for Work & Family Life to schedule your first Coaching session. Please allow 90 minutes for the initial consultation, for the purposes of orientation and goal-setting. Additional consultations will be 45 minutesin length, and telephonic check-ins will typically be 15 minutes or less.