MGH clients . . .

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

I Coach Clients Who . . .

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     Like every other coach on the planet:

“I work well with people in transition,
both in personal and professional settings.”

Well, duh!  Who doesn’t that include?  

There’s not a soul with breath to fog a mirror who isn’t
experiencing some sort of transition, right?

Yet, when you take the time to think about it more specifically, most coaches tend to attract clients in “categories” clustered around similar types of transitions, which means they are likely to be working on similar types of challenges.

Even though we coaches redefine our “ideal client profile” relatively frequently, even in brand new niches there remains an essential core of familiarity.  It’s fascinating to look back over a decade (oh, alright, several) to attempt to determine what my clients had in common.  It’s an exercise well worth doing annually for any private practitioner.

So, maybe you will recognize yourself among some of the “transition categories” my clients have had in common over the past couple of decades.

The Disorganized and Discombobulated

I didn’t begin my coaching career focusing on ADDers.  However, since the early 90’s, when I founded The Optimal Functioning Institute™ and developed and delivered The A.C.T. Program (the world’s first coaching curriculum training ADD Coaches specifically), my primary “client niche” has been consistently booked with ADDers who have been struggling to cope with the implications of an Attention Deficit Disorder diagnosis.

That means, I have always attracted more than a few clients who are saying, effectively:

Yeah, yeah, yeah – but how does that particular symptom profile
explain what shows up in my LIFE
 — and what do I need to DO
to work around it so I can HAVE a life?

As anyone might expect, I coached ADDults themselves — as well as coaching, training and mentoring educators, other ADD Coaches and ADD Professionals (doctors, therapists, and clinicians of various types.)

THROUGH IT ALL, however,  I have almost always been able to point to more than
a few “vanillas” among my ADD-flavored clients.

  • I was the second graduate of CoachU (now Coach Inc.), which had no ADD-specific coaching protocols, and was a senior trainer on their faculty for seven years, during the early years of both companies.
  • Training both ADD Coaches and non-ADD coaches with two different curriculums, I tried my darndest to keep a 50/50 balance of ADDers and non-ADDers in my private practice during that time.

Even so, ADD or “vanilla,”with each of the clients who found their way to me, I noticed similar “basic skills” missing in the functional arena — skills that tended to cluster in the following arenas:

  • TIME and TRANSITION Management: Clients from all walks of life who were struggling with follow-through,  who usually believed they had an intractable “procrastination” problem;
  • ORGANIZATION and STRUCTURE: Clients who were practically clueless about putting the steps of cause and effect together effectively, who had often been accused of having a “too-much-stuff” and “too many interests”  problem;


  • PRIORITIZATION, SEQUENCING and TIME-SLICING of the various steps of multiple tasks: clients who were never very clear on what constituted an effective gameplan, who had no idea how anyone managed to juggle the “too much too do and too little time” problem that almost always exists!

The Common Thread with ALL my clients, ADD or not

If you’re interested in reading more about the kinds of clients I work with, in a few short paragraphs you will find a link to the second part of this article — to conclude Part I, let me add only this:

  • What these various individuals have in common has more to do with how I work than what they are working on.
  • My extensive research into “brain-based fields” supports my ability to coach individuals who have to figure out how to drive their own brains as well as how to solve the challenges of the personal transition that brought each of them to coaching in the first place.

So, in addition to mentoring new coaches, guiding those dealing with recent ADD diagnoses, and working with individuals finally ready to stop hoping things will get better  (ready-willing-and-able to take the coaching to set life up to work the way they work), that means I work with <very big grin>:

“People in transition, both in personal and professional settings.

You, maybe?

If you’re interested in reading more about the “categories” of clients I have coached, click HERE.  

If you are interested in working with me, CLICK HERE to shoot me an email.
I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible to set up a time to explore that possibility.
I have a few openings in my practice, and will be starting a new group shortly.

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!"

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