What’s the Background?

The PCFP was developed in 2015 by The Change Gym’s founders, Steve and Stephanie Barlow.

To be agile and ready to succeed at change, people need strengths in 7 key psychological resources. We call these 7 resources ‘change fitness’. The more change fitness you have, the more likely you are to be successful at change.

What Happens?

When someone enrols in the PCFP, they begin by taking an IRVEY assessment of their initial change fitness. This identifies their strengths and limitations. They then engage in the program, which introduces them to the 7 psychological resources that constitute change fitness. The purpose is not to teach the client something about psychology. The purpose is to create a pathway through which the client can focus on these 7 key areas of their mind with a coach who has been trained to help them. By exploring these key areas, the client will gain more self-awareness and a language that more accurately describes who they are and who they can become. Through this process, the client develops more change capacity, more self-confidence, and more optimism about the future.

The PCFP is a 12-week coaching program, consisting of around 36 hours individualised work plus 6 hours coaching. Once the program is finished, the client takes IRVEY again and their progress is measured. Our research shows that, on average, people's change fitness scores improve by 40% over a 12-week period.

What This Means for Clients

Clients love the PCFP, because it is focused, it gets to their issues fast, they have a coach who helps them explore themselves, and they can feel the difference when their change fitness improves. They feel more in control of their lives and more confident and optimistic about the future. The coach and the program have helped them become more independent and self-reliant. Some clients take what they have gained and leave, and others want to stay with their coach and delved deeper into some of the change fitness resources. All good.

What It Means for Coaches

The PCFP gives coaches a structured program with all the resources needed for measurable outcomes in a defined time frame. They may go on to help the client with other coaching, but the PCFP helps those clients who struggle with change and are not likely to succeed without lots of support. The PCFP is a versatile and useful additional ‘product’ to add to the tool-kit of any coach. To deliver the PCFP with your clients, you first need to undertake training and become certified.
Steve Barlow
Author: Steve Barlow

Steve heads up The Change Gym. He is a change readiness specialist. You can contact him at steve@thechangegym.com.