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Coaching Philosophy

Coaching supports you in achieving the results that are important to your personal success and the long term success of your organization. Your Slade & Associates coach assumes that you are the expert on your own situation. Your coach will draw out your expertise through inquiry, curiosity and gentle challenges. Your coach helps you stretch into your best self. To do that, your Slade & Associate coach will introduce self-observation exercises and behavioral practices. Your coach is attentive to your physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual state. Your coach will help you focus on your presence and behaviors. We seek mutual understanding of your organizational culture and systems (including policies and practices).

A Slade & Associates coach is different from a consultant, a mentor or a therapist.

Consultants are hired to produce answers. The difficulty with consulting is getting the client to act on the consultant’s answer. Your Slade & Associates coach asks the right questions and we help our clients generate their own answers. Intelligent Change is creates more commitment to action.

Mentors provides advice from their experience. The difficulty with mentors is their experience may not fit your needs. Your Slade & Associates coach assumes the client’s experience is more important and relevant to the situation. The coach helps draw out that experience.

Therapists focus on healing past wounds. The difficulty with therapy is moving from the past to the future. A Slade & Associates coach focuses on creating future effectiveness. While coaching may address past issues or life conditions that impact the client, your Slade & Associates coach will focus on personal and professional effectiveness.

The anticipated outcomes of your coaching include:

1. Identification of the key behaviors to continue, do more, do less, start and stop doing to increase effectiveness.

2. Involvement and commitment of stakeholders in the process of increasing your effectiveness. For leadership coaching, stakeholders may include the client’s manager, senior organizational leaders, direct reports, peers, support staff and customers. For career coaching, stakeholders include people in the client’s career network and potential employers.

3. With sufficient commitment to the coaching process, improvement will be measurable (by ongoing feedback from stakeholders) on specific behaviors.

4. Long term effectiveness for you and your organization, based on increased capacity to achieve results and build healthy relationships.

Coaching Method

Slade & Associates coaching is based on the Intelligent Change approach:

Dialogue and Insight for Intelligent Change1. Gain your commitment to solicit feedback, analyze the feedback, work to develop more effective behaviors, involve stakeholders to support desired changes, and measure the results of the behavior change effort.

2. Identify the high leverage behaviors to focus on that will provide the most strategic benefit for you and your organization.

3. Partner with you in understanding and responding to feedback.

4. Support you in engaging more productively with your stakeholders.

5. Conduct regularly scheduled coaching sessions in person or by phone, on average once a week.

6. Use assessments to measure your improvement and create further data-driven insight. As far as possible, we will use assessments that have already been completed for you, such as recent performance reviews, 360 surveys, leadership style inventories, personality profiles, career inventories and employee opinion survey results related to the client’s leadership. Additional fee-based assessments may also be used with your consent.


Coaching is based on confidentiality. Confidentiality is essential to building the trust needed for an effective working relationship between the client and the coach. You will have sole discretion to share or not share feedback assessments, the content of coaching conversations and any other information from the coaching process.



What Our Clients Say…

I had the opportunity to have Dr. Allen Slade as a mentor and professional coach while attending the College of William and Mary. Dr. Slade's coaching sessions were invaluable to my personal and professional journey while at William and Mary. Dr. Slade is thoughtful, intelligent, and able to provide insight and guidance for nearly every situation. Our sessions were one on one and I always left feeling peaceful and re-invigorated about whatever situation was going on in my life. Dr. Slade provided coaching to me on my professional career path, conflict resolution, ways to work effectively in a team, and more. I would highly recommend Dr. Slade for any of your coaching needs.

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