The biggest shift I see coachees needing to make is the ability to work with questions rather than answers. Society and education is dominated by answers, the perceived power that comes with being right. Yet we know that coaching doesn’t work on this level, it’s much more geared towards presenting open questions that search and explore.
One of the best signs that a coachee is ready for coaching, is that they develop the ability to self coach. In the context of questions this not only means that they respond well to the coaches questions. But, they also set their own questions for further reflection. Questions that drive them, embodying curiosity and challenge.
Precise questioning is crucial here, yes open questions are the obvious place to start. Furthermore ask questions on these three levels – what, how and why? The ‘what’ question is a great starting place, if you follow up with ‘how’ then you start to create a call to action. Finally the ‘why’ question really gets to the heart of the matter, probably bringing authenticity and emotions to the table.
What are your key strengths?
How can you leverage these strengths?
Why are these strengths important to you?
You will find plenty of questions in my online course (It’s Not About The Coach – 6 part ADVANCED course), with these questions I hope you will find your drive. The course is normally priced at $10 but if you use this coupon you can get it for $7 – SB3.