Phases of Executive Coaching For Physicians

For those who are making referrals of physicians or other executive to executive coaching/anger management, it is useful to have an understanding of the coaching process in order to accurately explain to the potential coachee the four steps of the process.

The Anderson & Anderson Executive Coaching/Anger Management model includes the four phases which are described below:

First phase: Engagement and Contract. This phase involves the establishment of a viable working relationship and agreement about the nature of the coaching. Establishing a collaborative relationship is considered a necessary condition for the success of the coaching. Both the client and the coach must be motivated to participate in the coaching process.

Second phase: Comprehensive non psychiatric assessment. The three assessment instruments used in the Anderson & Anderson model are designed to determine the clients’ level of functioning in managing stress, anger, assertive communication and degrees of emotional intelligence.

Third phase: Action Plan and Implementation Strategies. A written action plan to address each deficit area with the goal to be achieved along with the methods and techniques for success are articulated during this phase. Implementing the coaching plan is the real core of the executive coaching process and, therefore, the longest phase during which various coaching interventions are initiated. Our Executive Coaching program includes a DVD, along with two client workbooks containing course content, exercises and quizzes to guide the participant in enhancing skills in the deficit areas.

Fourth phase: Post Tests, Progress and Outcomes. Ideally, an assessment continues throughout the coaching process, monitoring and evaluating the outcomes against the agreed-upon goals. In the Anderson & Anderson Coaching Executive coaching process, Post Tests occur after three and six months.

For more information on the Anderson & Anderson model, visit our website at or contact our office at 310-207-3591.

George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF, CEAP
Diplomate, American Association of Anger Management Providers
Anderson & Anderson®, The Trusted Name in Anger Management

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