Coaching for Entrepreneurs
People with ADD and ADHD have unique abilities and imagination and are out-of-the-box thinkers and non-conformers. Consequently, they do not work as effectively as possible because they frequently do not understand how to access or channel their unique talents. To get the most out of their abilities, they must discover their strengths and develop systems that harness and leverage those strengths.
ADHD coaches understand the unique brain wiring of individuals with ADHD, and employ specialized techniques to maximize that wiring.
There is currently no specialized schooling or licensing to become a coach, or a coach who specializes in ADHD. Because the coaching field is still in its infancy, much remains to be done to establish practice, standards and ethics.
ADHD coaches often have different educational and professional backgrounds, and can help their clients understand how their own ADHD brains work. Based on their findings, ADHD coaches help their clients to:
• Create structures and tools to help you stay on track.
• Improve organization skills, and design organizational systems.
• Increase self-awareness — personally and socially.
• Use specific tools to help you focus—attention training systems.
• Set ambitious, with obtainable time frames.
• Improve crucial lifestyle habits such as diet, sleep and exercise.
• Improve relationship building and communication skills.
According to the American Journal of Psychiatry 2007 report on ADHD, in the United States approximately 10 million adults have ADHD.
Inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are a few of many of the negative qualities and widely-known traits associated with ADHD. However, there is a lesser known, yet growing, school of thought that recognizes that the rises to the top by many successful entrepreneurs and business leaders are partially fueled by some of the positive traits associated with ADHD. Specifically, people with ADHD tend to be creative, intuitive, out-of-the-box in their thinking, resilient, and possess the ability to hyper-focus and thrive in risky situations.
My personal definition of ADHD is a bit more expansive.
It has been shaped by my training, reading on this topic, and, more importantly, having worked at length with countless creative, bright, innovative and highly resilient children and entrepreneurs with ADHD. Not once, have I encountered a client with ADHD that wasn’t somehow uniquely gifted. Yes, all have their challenges with inattention, disorganization and impulsivity and have experienced some major setbacks. I also have come to discover that people with ADHD have unique neurological wiring, which if tapped into, can unlock their hidden entrepreneurial prowess.
That said, I agree with an emerging school of thought that LoPorto describes in the “DaVinci Method,” which suggests there is a real entrepreneurial upside to ADHD.
The latter approach to ADHD is further described in “DaVinci Method”, by Garrett LoPorto. identifies a subset of creative individuals as “DaVinci Types,” whose thinking he maintains is similar to the creative, multi-talented renaissance artist, Leonardo DaVinci. LoPorto proposes that these individuals share many traits widely associated with ADHDers, as they are risk takers, think outside-of the-box and are the change-agents of society.
Impulsive, multi-talented, a risk taker, a notorious multitasker who left countless projects unfinished, today even Leonardo DaVinci would be labeled Learning Disabled (LD)…and that’s not just because those were his initials.
Like most modern day ADHDers, DaVinci was a creative entrepreneur.
According to LoPorto, “DaVinci Types” comprise 10 percent of the world’s populations, and include many of the world’s greatest leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, revolutionaries and rock stars..
As an entrepreneur with ADHD, you may feel that the “DaVinci method” may better account for your experience in life than do many of the negative adjectives widely associated with ADHD today.
Whether you agree you are a DaVinchi Type or not, if you are an Entrepreneur with ADD/ADHD you can probably benefit from specialized coaching and proven strategies to help you maximize your unique brain wiring, out-of-the-box thinking, high energy levels, the ability to hyper-focus, resilience, and the ability to thrive in high stimulus and risky situations.
To help you we offer specialized ADHD Coaching that:
1. Understands your unique ADHD brain wiring: Because true ADHD is usually neurological, many ADHDer’s will have ongoing difficulties with ADHD despite a sincere desire to change. Therefore, traditional methods of coaching often will not work with someone who has ADHD!
(Note: ADHD coaching is not a substitute for traditional treatment for ADHD, such as medication, diet, exercise, and other behavioral therapeutic interventions.)
ADHD coaches specialize in understanding, developing and leveraging the unique strengths and limitations associated with ADHD. Accordingly, are coaches are distinctly qualified to help you become more successful at work (whether you are an employee or an entrepreneur), at school and at home.
2. Provide proven assessments and techniques that maximize your ADHD brain wiring and the associated giftedness. Our coaches offer a specialized type of life or business coaching that uses techniques geared toward working with the unique brain wiring of individuals with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. As such, our coaches use a strength-based approach when working with ADHD clients — that is, they treat ADHD from a “giftedness” rather than a “deficit” perspective. We also employ driven assessment tools that incorporate objective data (from you, direct reports, peers and customers) about your and leadership traits. This way, they can asses your strengths and limitations based on objective data from your peers, direct reports, customors.
3. ADHD Coaches interact with your ADHD treatment team. ADHD coaching is a compliment to the treatment you get from your physician(s) and counselor. Your ADHD coach will work in concert with your treatment team to make sure all of your symptoms are being managed effectively.
4. Is ADHD coaching different from therapy? ADHD Coaching is not psychotherapy. First, it generally doesn’t directly focus on a person’s past or emotional healing. Rather, ADHD coaching identifies specific actions that will help achieve your life and/or business goals. It is not uncommon to work with a coach while you work with a therapist or counselor. Many ADHD coaches also have backgrounds as therapists or counselors.
5. How does ADHD coaching work? ADHD coaching is a close, ongoing partnership. It is not uncommon for clients work with their coach for six months or longer. Coaches can either meet their clients in person, or by telephone three or four times each month, for 30 to 45 minutes per call. Coaching sessions cover what’s going on in the client’s life and/or business — with emphases on challenges, opportunities, employing strategies for success and incorporating feedback to adjust the strategy if need be.
6. Does telephone coaching really work? The answer to this question is mixed. Yes, telephone coaching works well for most clients with ADHD. Meeting by telephone can be preferable to the logistics associated with traveling to meet in person. In addition, it provides a wider variety of options in selecting coach who specializes in ADHD, as you are not limited by geographical location. However, there are those clients with ADHD that prefer face to face meetings. Alternatively, you can do both, or even video conference. Guess the best answer is there are options.
The goal of this book is to help you change your relationship with ADHD, At first glance, I’m sure these pictures probably don’t make much sense. I selected them because they remind me that many entrepreneurs wrestle with their alter ego—ADHD. They secretly wonder: maybe it’s just a personality flaw? And, if it is ADHD, how can I conquer such a daunting opponent?
ADHD doesn’t have to be a struggle, and you are not alone! I am excited about you becoming empowered to embrace and harness your ADHD, and becoming a more successful entrepreneur in the process.
7. How do I select an ADHD coach? Most coaches offer a free trial coaching session, while others offer the first two visits at a reduced price. And, others offer webinars or conference calls, and will let you sit in as a visitor. Use these sessions to find out if you like the coach’s style, and if what they are offering complements your situation.
It’s a good idea to talk with three or more coaches before making your choice.
When evaluating your choices, listen for clues that the coach understands ADHD and has a solid history of working with it.
In addition to demystifying ADHD, I am excited about how coaching will help you tap into your hidden genius and maximize your success at work, school and home.
Degree Feedback Assessment
360 Degree feedback is a multi-source feedback, multi-rater assessment, upward feedback or peer evaluation. It is a process in which you evaluate yourself on a set of criteria, your manager or supervisor will then evaluate you, as do your peers and direct reports. Upon completion of the assessment, you will receive a gap analysis detailing how you perceive yourself versus how others perceive you.
The 360 Degree feedback process can boost productivity giving workers a more accurate sense of their personal strengths and weaknesses, can support leaders in uncovering blind spots, and can increase team effectiveness from the top to the bottom of an organization.
To schedule an evaluation, call 301.588.4600.
Leadership Coaching Process
Phase 1: Assessment
During the initial phase of coaching, I will be gathering extensive data on your portfolio of skills and strengths while gaining insight into your history to thoroughly assess your current situation. During this time, I will be performing a 360 Degree Feedback Review to determine what leadership competency your colleagues, followers, team and family members would most like to see you improve or enhance so that you are as effective as possible as a leader.
Phase 2: Establishing a Plan of Action
The second phase of the Emerging Leaders Coaching Program will focus on setting specific goals and designing an action plan to support you in meeting your personal and professional objectives.
Phase 3: Implementation
During the third phase, I will be using a variety of coaching tools and resources with you so that your action plan is implemented and goals are achieved. During the implementation phase, as your coach, I will be looking for blind spots, derailment factors, breakdown in communication, and multiple aspects of leadership development which can expedite or impede your progress. We will be focusing on the intangible assets of leadership, knowledge, talent, process, organization, decision making, execution, integrity and culture, which are vital skills for leaders to hone in this new millennium.
Phase 4: Evaluation
During phase four, together we will be assessing your progress and formulating a system for evaluating what is working/what is not so that your success is constant.