They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Similarly, the value of coaching can be viewed in a more insightful way through imagery. The different aspects of coaching are represented and explained below.

Upsidedown Child: a new perspective

The Upside Down Child

The Upside Down Child: A New Perspective

The upside down child symbolizes a playful look at something from a different point of view. The ability to look at something from a different perspective and make it light. It is also about the opportunity to re-frame: “This is how I heard you.” Being heard from a different perspective often leads to unexpected shifts.

The Bridge

The Bridge

The Bridge: Transparent Support

The bridge, representing support, is supposed to be invisible. You know it’s there, but you don’t think about it—just supports you. Coaching is supportive in a similar way. It transports you in going from Point A to Point B. Choosing to have a coach is taking that first step onto the bridge.

Cracked Open Door: New Opportunities

Cracked Open Door

The Cracked Open Door: Discovery

A coach helps you crack open doors that might have been locked, giving you a look into doors you may not have otherwise looked into. You know what is behind the locked door, but you do not necessarily know how to get there. With a coach, you can find the key to see what’s behind the locked door. From the coach’s perspective, the door represents their client—it is discovery—their bigger future self. They are looking out on a voyage of discovery that can be fun and draws you out.

Unicorn and Horse: partnership and relationship

The Unicorn and the Horse

The Horse and the Unicorn: Partnership and Relationship

It’s about partnership and relationship. Neither the coach or the client can do this on their own – it’s a relationship. A sense of motion develops from coaching. Coaching is putting insights, desires, intentions into action and results. By making a choice you are setting something into motion—this partnership creates motion—motion toward your goals.

Railroad Tracks: Insights

The Railroad Tracks

The Railroad Tracks: New Insights

It’s about the journey—the passage to discovery. Coaching is abstract. It is an experience in an ever changing landscape. With a coach at your side, this journey is less arduous, often revealing new insights to approach and action.

The Weathervane: Insight

The Weathervane

The Weathervane

The weathervane feels the direction of the wind. A coach, sitting once removed, gets the drift. The weathervane intuits the direction of the wind—feels the wind—and exhibits what it picks up. The weathervane could have a question mark instead of the arrow. The coach isn’t the leader—the question mark is. That is the power of a clear question.