Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics Theses

Document Type

Thesis or dissertation

Date of this Version

May 2008


Submitted to the Program of Organizational Dynamics in the Graduate Division of the School of Arts and Sciences in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania
Advisor: William Wilkinsky


The purpose of this thesis is to define the elements of a model I describe as Essential Coaching. The core principles that drive the model: authenticity, positivity, a focus on strengths, active listening and mindful questioning, are introduced individually then revisited throughout as they inform subsequent elements of the model. The framework is presented, illustrating the placement of coaching within the framework of a larger systems model; followed by the model for Essential Coaching, which outlines the basic elements of the interaction between coach and client within that larger system. The three layers of the Essential Coaching model are theory—predominantly client-centered and positive psychologies; methods--process and tools; and competency. A summary is presented, highlighting the next steps for Essential Coaching.



Date Posted: 04 June 2008