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Keeping track of what is happening in our coaching relationship can be very useful. This can greatly vary from client to client.
Some people will prefer staying free from a model, a plan or a strategy and simply respond to the most urgent need. Some other people prefer navigating in a clear structure and working with a coaching plan.
Both approaches are fine. Myself as a coach I tend to draw by hand simple mind maps which could look like this:
A simple diagram like this one will represent one coaching case over a period of one to a few months.
This plan stays open and flexible and when needed, it can easily be redrawn as coaching evolves.
If you feel the need to structure what is happening in the coaching and define an overall picture of where we are going, I encourage you to use this kind of diagram. It is synthetic and because of its visual impact, it keeps you easily focused and clear.
Feel free to play with models like these. Ask your coach for more precisions if needed.
Models are not absolute truths. They are simply a possible perspective or vision on a subject. They are designed to give a mind frame and understanding of the coaching dynamics. Models are a simplified picture of reality. They are as well the reflection or the interpretation of one or a few persons experience. Reality is of course much more complex.
Here is a model which I find useful. It puts coaching into a long term evolution perspective.