Uncovering the “present” in coaching
Having spent many hours observing coaching with my training coaches I have noticed a strange phenomenon! Coaches will often spend either no time or heaps of time discussing what the current situation is for a client.
When they spend no time, it’s as if the here and now doesn’t matter and there’s a headlong rush towards the next steps and options for change. When they spend too much time, they tend to get caught up in fact-finding and building a more and more detailed picture of what’s currently happening.
Neither are the ideal way to deal with the present in coaching. Exploring the present should be about helping the client to know where they’re starting from, what strengths they bring, what they need to work on etc.
Think of it this way. You might know that you are going to drive to Manchester but if you don’t know where you’re starting from then you have no clear way of knowing which way to go!
There’s no difference in any kind of journey really is there? In coaching we’re looking at a journey from where you are to where you want to be whether that’s in a professional capacity or in the client’s personal life.
So knowing where you are starting from is critical. Read moreFiled Under Transformational Coaching
Coaching Opportunities are Everywhere when you Open your Eyes
As a coach, opportunities are everywhere for you but you have to open your eyes to them. And be prepared to act.
Let me tell a quick story which is instructive:
Now occasionally I still like an old fashioned English breakfast and on this particular day I went in to what looked like a less than salubrious café near to my office. Read moreFiled Under From the Director's Chair
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