The ADD-ADHD Coachablity Index™

ADD Coachability

Click HERE for an updated version of this post,
including a download link to a printable pdf of the Inventory.

In early 1994, to better suit the needs and reflect the brain-based realities of individuals with Attention Deficit Disorder, Madelyn Griffith-Haynie requested and received permission from Thomas J. Leonard to adapt the Coachability Index© that he developed for Coach-U.

The language of The ADD Coachability Index™ reflects the impact of the challenges of Executive Functioning Disorders on learning and accomplishment: brain-based struggles with short-term memory deficits, focus & decision-making, planning & follow-through, sequencing & prioritizing; activation & motivation, mood lability, time-sense & transition-facility chief among them.

©Adaptions and/or duplication must credit both parties

How Coachable are YOU?

Although the magic of ADD Coaching is a product of the
coaching relationship and it’s ability to compensate for
unreliable executive functioning, it only works if and when
clients are ready, willing and able.

Are you READY and WILLING:

  • to take the actions that will be necessary?
  • to make the changes that will be necessary?
  • to step,  with power and ownership, into the life you were destined to live?

Heck yea!  Seriously, who says no to that?
Certainly not an ADDer! We’re always ready (for that last one, anyway)

It’s that “able” part that’s the kicker!

In order for the magic of coaching to work for YOU, first you need to be at the place in life where you are “coachable,” which means that:

  • most family of origin issues and conflicts have been resolved;
  • you embrace the concept that it is possible to experience success without struggle;
  • you are ready and willing to make changes in your life and your life-script that allow YOU to experience success without struggle;
  • you currently have enough room in your schedule to give priority focus to your coaching appointments, preparation time and coaching assignment, 
  • understand that saying yes to one thing MEANS saying no to something else
  • or are willing to put something else on the back burner to make room.

In addition to the above indicators, applicable to any client/coach situation, there are ADD Challenges to be addressed that require ADD-specific indicators of readiness.  For these ADD-Coaching readiness indicators, “that able part” is something that will become an item to work on in your coaching sessions, but you must be ready and willing to do that work.

What that means, essentially, regardless of the level of success you are experiencing now or the level you aspire to attain, you are ready and willing to begin to systematize your ADD Challenges — to get ADD out of your way so that life can become an activity much more satisfying than chronic recovery from ADD oopses

Are you ready and willing to learn how to maximize your ability to function?

  • To embrace the concept of brain-based disorders?
  • To learn more about yourself and the way your brain works?
  • To CHOOSE how to manage your ADD, researching what’s available from a cost/benefit standpoint?
  • To investigate options you may already have rejected emotionally, so that authentic choice is possible?
  • To “take the coaching” — to give unfamiliar actions a fair shot as we Sherlock what will work for you and what won’t, even though they will probably feel strange at first?

The ten questions of The ADD Coachability Index helps us both determine how coachable you are right now.  When you are ready to find out, click the link below.

CLICK HERE to download a printable pdf of the
ADD Coachablity Index

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

And what do YOU think? I'm interested.

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