Stairway to Success Analogy of a Coaching Relationship

Staircase to Success

The analogy of building a staircase aligned to building a coaching relationship is a tool for the client and the coach to use as they co-create the coaching relationship.

The Center for Coaching Certification (CCC) designed the Stairway to Success coaching model to provide prospective on effective coaching.  This model is explained both in the free webinar on coaching certification and in the Certified Master Coach program.

Staircase to Success

Imagine the coaching process as a stairway leading to a doorway called ‘success.’  The client defines success; the coach upholds the foundation of the stairway.  The coach walks with the client up the stairway.

The Stairway to Success requires a foundation.

  1. Training
  2. Competency
  3. Ethics

The client and coach partner on building the relationship and the steps of the Stairway to Success.

  1. Agreement
  2. Understanding
  3. Rapport
  4. Communication
  5. Exploration
  6. Strategy

Moving up the staircase supports the client achieving their results.

  1. Success

In this blog series each of these steps is explored in more detail.


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