We simplify coaching. And
we’ve proven that simple works.

Joy Van Skiver, founder and president, has established a strong reputation as a dynamic facilitator and an astute consultant. The author of three books, Joy is passionate about her work. It’s quite common to hear her say, “I love what I do!”

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How We Started


The POWERformance Group grew out of years of working with managers on communication skills. We discovered a huge gap between perception and reality — managers thought they were coaching, but:

  • Their coaching comments were vague, superficial, lacking in both direction and motivation.

  • Too often their focus was what’s wrong but no suggestion for fixing it.

  • Or, the other extreme — too much praise and nothing to encourage growth.

  • They were recapping the past with zero emphasis on the future.


Only about 20% of managers were hitting the mark of meaningful coaching.

That’s why we created what we call a coaching language.


Coaching Language Benefits


With more than 25 word prompts and thought formulas in hand, ineffective coaches made a complete turnaround. That 20% of effective coaches blossomed into 80% and even higher when senior leaders provided reinforcement.


When managers become fluent in a coaching language, there are lots of benefits:


  • Want to coach.

  • Know what to say and how to say it.

  • Increase their coaching confidence.

  • Earn respect from their team.

Team members:

  • Know where they stand.

  • Understand exactly what to do to improve their performance.

  • Feel like their managers care about their success.

  • Want to grow.

  • Choose to stay with the company.


And, of course, that leads to benefits for the organization. According to Gartner, effective performance conversations can increase enterprise contribution by up to 20%. There’s no better reason for maximizing every coaching conversation!