Cameron Gott, PCC
ADHD Coaching for Leaders & Professionals


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Reframing Accountability - Coaches Get Curious!

Our clients want it even expect it but don't necessarily want to talk about it.  Some coaches  cringe just at the mention of it and yet it is a core competency in coaching. Accountability is an important element of effective support in any coaching partnership but for individuals with ADHD it can be viewed as a crutch, laden with judgement or worse.

When we coaches join curiosity with accountability amazing things can happen.

Below are key elements that are a part of some upcoming training on Curious Accountability in  Richmond, VA that I am presenting with Casey Moore, The Productivity Coach.

Learn the three essential accountability conversations that enable your clients to hold themselves accountable for achieving their goals and making lasting change.  A strengths-focused, non-judgmental approach to accountability adds value to your services, meaning to your work, and grateful clients to your roster.

May 9 ICF Presentation in Richmond

September 3 Half-day Workshop


Curious Accountability Definition

“A positive evaluation process based on respect and trust that focuses solely on learning from actions (or inaction).

The learning, in turn, raises the awareness necessary for developing new skills and tools and achieving goals.

Applied consistently over time, CA increases self-knowledge and resilience and fosters effective behavior change.”                                                         (Cameron Gott, 2013)


Curious Accountability Concepts
What It Is

  • Curious
  • Humble
  • Judgment reserved
  • Good assumed
  • Client-focused (who)
  • Lovingly detached
  • Light, even fun
What It Is Not

  • Certain
  • “The Expert”
  • Judgment formed
  • Bad assumed
  • Task-focused (what)
  • Personally invested
  • Heavy, even grim


Curious Accountability Elements
Focuses on the LearningWhatever the fieldwork’s outcome

Focuses on “Who” More than “What”

  • Who the client is being
  • What the client does re: fieldwork

Is a Mindset for Coach and Client

  • Perception
  • Perspective
Lets Client Do the WorkCoach partners with client

Requires Specific Coaching Skills

  • Active listening
  • Direct communication
  • Self-awareness (Meta-cognition)