“All coaching is coaching for change. Coaching is designed to change aspects of performance, development, and even transformation of individuals and groups, which can then impact changes in organizations and systems. Effective coaching facilitates an individual’s or group’s movement from one state to another” (Benett & Bush 2014)
Oliver strives to offer the most effective and efficient coaching for the needs of the client as presented. The client is at the very center of the process and maintains full control over the agenda. Clients are not presented with pre-conceptualized programs, but each coaching plan is custom-designed to meet the client’s specific needs and be responsive to the organizational context, thereby keeping within Einstein’s wisdom of making it “as simple as possible, but not simpler”.
Oliver uses an eclectic range of coaching frames and models applying a no-nonsense, positive person-centered, value- and strengths-based approach. He understands coaching as a focused conversation to facilitate performance, change and learning relevant to the client in their organizational/business context. His approach to coaching draws from an organizing framework that offers useful ways to think about coaching, rather than a fixed model or methodology containing specific prescriptions and directions on how to do what and when. He does, of course, use frames, models, tools and skills that can be helpful in applying his approach. However, it is deliberately crafted to be spacious and loose enough to apply to a wide range of coaching situations and issues while allowing for the integration of a variety of models, concepts, practices and tools.