Downloadable ADD-ADHD/EFD Coachablity Index™

ABOUT ADD/EFD Coachability

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

In early 1994, to better suit the needs and reflect the brain-based realities of individuals with Attention Deficit Disorders, 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 ADDCoach 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.

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How Coachable are YOU?

Although it’s been referred to as “ADD Coaching” since I developed and delivered the world’s first ADD-specific coaching curriculum several decades ago, it’s much broader in scope.

This is a particular type of brain-based coaching that works best for anyone dealing with Executive Functioning challenges and attentional difficulties: TBI, ABI, EFD, PTSD, OCD, ODD, SPD, ASD, PDA, PDD, MDD, MS, APD, and MORE.

While the magic of ADD/EFD 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 yeah! Seriously, who says no to that?
Certainly not those of us who are struggling!
We’re always ready (for that last one, anyway)

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

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That “able” Part

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 understand that saying yes to one thing MEANS saying no to something else
  • you currently have enough room in your schedule to give priority focus to your coaching appointments, preparation time and coaching assignments,
  • 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 Attentional and Executive Functioning challenges to be addressed that require ADD/EFD-specific indicators of readiness. For these particular readiness indicators, “that able part” is something that will become an important item to work on in your coaching sessions.

HOWEVER, you must be ready and willing to do that work.

What that means is that, essentially, and 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/EFD Challenges — to get brain-based Challenges out of your way so that life can become an activity much more satisfying than chronic recovery from ADD/EFD oopses

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

  • To stop attempting to follow the same-ole’ tips and tricks that seldom seem to work very well for YOU?
  • To embrace the concept of brain-based disorders and challenges?
  • To learn more about yourself and the way your brain works?
  • To CHOOSE how to manage your ADD/EFD glitches, 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 BELOW to download a printable pdf of the
ADDCoach 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!"

14 Responses to Downloadable ADD-ADHD/EFD Coachablity Index™

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  2. wendy says:

    This is a great list for the coachability index. I think more people should look at a list like this when they go into therapy. Often people are looking for a “quick fix” for everything and aren’t wanting to do the work.

    sorry I haven’t been around much.
    the world have been kinda crazy. 🙂
    hope your world has been a bit saner.



    • Saner? Not really. I’m inching forward in baby steps – but the right direction, right?

      YOU have been on my mind (and are always a role model for grace under “unfortunate” circumstances. I am THRILLED to see you here today. I’ll catch up with your blog as soon as I am able.


      • wendy says:

        forward is always the right direction….baby steps, any steps are good. One day at a time…one moment at a time. We can do that. As Dorie would say from Finding Nemo…”Just Keep Swimming…”

        Take your time catching up with my blog. The last 3 posts have been from a Chronic Pain and Illness photography project I was involved in. I’m proud of it. If you are interested you can look at your leisure. You might learn some things about me you never knew. :-}
        I’ve got to get a post out about my hip replacement recovery, but I need some photos. I wish my hubby took better photos, it’s hard when I want photos of me! hahaha

        need to hear how you have been fairing.
        how’s your furry baby??

        thinking of you

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        • TinkerToy is getting BIG (compared to the teeny-tiny thing he was when I picked him up) – is healthy, and makes it worth getting up every day. He is SOOOO smart – a double-edged sword, because if I am not consistent to a fault he thinks he’s learned a new way to work me.

          I am MUCH better than I was earlier – when the electricity went out for almost 5 hours in my area. I couldn’t even make a decent pot of coffee until JUST a bit ago – lol (sort-of). Then, of course, I had to recover files, etc. since the computer most certainly did not have time to go through a proper shut-down.

          If I weren’t so far behind on everything I would probably have taken it as a sign to go shopping or something – but sheesh!! I know you, of all people, understand how it is when you’ve finally psyched yourself up to get something off your plate, were in decent mental & physical shape for it, and the universe decides not to cooperate. It takes everything you have to remain calm and relatively hopeful.

          BUT . . . at least I’m not the one recovering from a hip replacement. Are you out of pain yet? Can you walk? I guess I’ll have to pop over and do a quick catch up. Sending white light and prayers.

          Think of you ALL the time!


          • wendy says:

            I can’t believe I am so late in replying to this comment. It got lost in my Inbox…and well…I’m just kind of lost lately I think.

            Ugh having your power cut off all of a sudden without warning for that long. That is hard to deal with.

            When I’ve been keeping up with my mindfulness practice I’m much better at dealing with stuff like that, but when I’m as keyed up as I have been lately…I’d not be in a good frame of mind. I really need to get my self back in tuned with myself.

            Recovering from the hip replacement really isn’t so bad. The pain before hand was MUCH worse. The moment after the surgery the pain I had before was gone. I walked right after surgery a few feet. 4 I think…ha. The next day I walked down the hall…with less pain than I had in months. Really, I hadn’t been able to walk for a while. The Avascular Necrosis was horrible. The hip replacement, a piece of cake. 🙂

            I’m having a little bit of trouble with range of motion so I’m going to PT now, but that’s no biggie. I think that’s just because I wasn’t able to do all the PT right after surgery because of the vertigo, so I didn’t know all the exercises I was supposed to do. But I’m doing very good with the hip! Other things….well, ya know.

            I either broke my toe last week or did something major to it. Not enough that just taping it up and letting it heal won’t do the trick. The doctor said if it’s broken that’s all they would do to it, so that’s what I’ve done. It’s been a week and a day. It still hurts, and it’s still a bit blue, and a little swollen….and hurts to walk on it. But I’m still walking….I’m not going to put my hip recovery back because of my pinky toe! It’s not down in my foot, just my little toe, caught it on my night stand. duh!! Guess I need to wear shoes all the time!

            I think of you ALL the time too.

            Drop me an email sometime if you ever want. I’m here for you.
            with much love.

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            • LOL re: shoes. I always seem to stub my toes on something if I’m barefooted – and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve resorted to taping a toe that I probably broke. Even my slippers are more like shoes – small price to pay for being able to walk without limping. (I’ve never been much of a barefoot girl anyway, so finding my way to the bathroom when I’m half asleep is where I do most of my damage)

              BOY do I get the “lost in my inbox” problem. It seems that I, too, keep finding comments that are seriously aging (and emails – the worst – thanks to all the @#$ed internet marking glut SPAM). What’s worse still is that I usually see the ones I want to respond to at about the time I’m too tired to keep at it on the computer (and then I forget about them again amid the distractions of the REST of life).

              Let’s agree that there’s no need to grovel with each other or feel guilty about late replies, okay? ANY reply is a good reply, given all ELSE we both have to deal with, right?!

              My area lost power for 5 hours ONE day, and that became a new “hitch in my gitalong” that set me back emotionally as it decimated my forward progress. A few days later the water disappeared for 3-4 hours, which took a number of phone calls to a number of places to resolve. Sheesh! I don’t know HOW I would have managed emotionally if it had been any longer. My hat’s off to you in the “getting back on the horse” department.

              Still, I’m sorry that you’ve been emotionally under the weather – I can relate to that too, with far less to deal with overall than YOU must deal with *most* days! With your hearing challenges, you can’t even call a friend for a moment of distraction (or empathy) – which is sometimes what helps me get back on my feet.

              I know you know what to do – but having to do it essentially in a vacuum all the time is tough, yes? God knew what he was doing when he connected you and your husband, FOR SURE!

              I’m happy to hear that hip recovery is going well. Exercise is such a mood enhancer (as are walks outside) – but NOT if walking is painful. Be gentle with yourself, my sweet friend. You are doing better than ANYONE could do with even half of your challenges.

              I pray for a time when you are pain and vertigo-free, able to use your body as it is designed to be used, and hearing as normally as possible. THEN, watch out world!


            • PS. Check out the video at the bottom of Brain-hacking – Moving Beyond the Brain you were Born With – it begins with some hopeful news about a new treatment for vertigo. You have to SEE it to believe it (if the captions aren’t great, I think you’ll get it without that assistance). The brain of a woman who couldn’t even STAND without “wobbling” now rides a bike, etc. (toward the beginning, btw)

              The study used a computer-assisted “tongue device” to use the tongue’s receptors to overcome the vestibular system – immediately. The surprise was that the effects lasted BEYOND the time the device was in place – for longer and longer periods with repeated sessions (proving the “rewiring” theory, in other words)

              It’s not widely available, but there IS hope for a future without vertigo.


  3. This is great Madelyn! Thanks for updating this, it’s a very valuable tool. I look forward talking with you later tonight. 🙂


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  4. Jeanie says:

    I agree. Let’s chat!!! I got it to work today. Did the same thing I did before, but for whatever reason, it didn’t work before. Saved it and put it in my coaching notebook. Thanks!

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  5. Jeanie says:

    Madelyn, I love it that you include the broader spectrum of EFD issues as you address coaching. There is so much overlap and your approach of brain based coaching addresses all of it!!! This is a great article and the idea of a coachability index will save both coaches and clients lots of frustration. Can’t wait to download it, but, unfortunately, the link doesn’t seem to be working. Will check back in a day or two to see if it is available. Blessings!

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    • Thanks, Jeanie – and we’re overdue for a call. I want to know how Wayne is doing.

      MEANWHILE: The download link worked fine for me (just tested it a second time). It’s a “double jump” (the way things work on


      1. Click the link on the main page (this one), and it will take you to another post entitled “ADDCoachability_Download”

      2. Don’t click the title, click the name of the file (below the date) – right above the words “Click ABOVE”.

      3.You will then have to save it (pay attention to where it’s filed so that you can find it again to click it).

      Once you click the file on YOUR harddrive, the Adobe Reader will open and that will open the file. (by the way, you can read it and print it from there, but not copy and paste it elsewhere).

      Hope this helps


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