What’s the sound of one hand clapping? I digress but in doing so I reveal my inspiration – ‘zen questions’, head scratchers through and through.
Coaching or powerful conversations merely accelerate learning. We privilege the fact that the other person knows the answer. They know it now. But they don’t know that now. This question draws that knowing out. Bit of a hunch or guess maybe. But better to be out in the open.
Play around with the timescales, bring them in closer if that’s
Whacky question I know, but here is an easier starting point. Someone says they are feeling a bit angry. What’s that telling you? What is your anger telling you? If your anger could speak what would it say? Here we are are reacting to what is being shared.
But we can also go on the offensive. Splitting the atom, data gathering, intelligence. If your body, heart and mind could talk, what would it say? Never mind your soul or spirit. Take them on one by one.
Check out this interview between myself and Alex Bailey (from Bailey & French). It was part of their Humanising Work with Bailey and French Live series. We talked about all things Team Flow related.
It’s a 30 mins LinkedIn live session.
In particular we discussed…
What is team flow?
How is it different from individual flow?
What are the barriers to team flow?
Are new ways of working likely to increase opportunity for team flow?
Tune into this interview (In Search Of The Perfect 10), where Kyleigh Manners (from 42 Degrees Coaching) and myself talk about all things performance related. As the title of the interview suggests we dig into the differences between expression and enjoyment.
We also talk about all things performance; authenticity, flow states, coaching, accountability and language. Kyleigh works predominantly in sports (cycling) coaching so we bring (I think) a nice fusion of ideas with my more corporate background.
For more interviews check out Kyleigh’s
Sometimes as coachee we have all the resources that we need, very often they are close to us -all within easy reach.
Developing coachability has to have an impact on your immediate system, your network and the people around you.
This reading illustrates the return on investment that can be achieved when we engage in coaching. Their coachee’s network will be fundamentally different towards the end of the coaching engagement, and performance will be starting to tell.
We’ve probably all of heard about the benefits of mediation. Follow the breath. A free apparatus that is with us at all times. No doubt we have struggled at some point to make the most of this. Maybe adopting meditation, maybe not.
But there are other routes. Still focussed on the breath. Something or someone that takes your breath away. Not literally. But breathtaking. Settle into the breath, a rhythm, place or person.
Notice the activities that you return to, perhaps there are some
We sometimes skip the definition of what optimal performance is. It’s so good we know it makes sense. But looking over our backs, sense making, does also give us some ideas on how to get there and in particular what to look out for.
Seeing the wood and good for the trees. We define optimal performance as to how well you respond to the signals around you. Challenges, chops, changes. Respond rather than react. Internal and external signals, signposts. Speed up or
In town centre management there is a concept called lines of desire. Typically in urban environment it reveals a short cut. You know the one, where a patch of grass gets well trodden. Cutting off the right angle so that I can get home quicker.
But let’s take this concept in to personal development. A path, or journey. Maybe not a shortcut but a hack or line of passion. An easier starting point, freeing. You need desire and fuel on the
We are all in this game, the game of losing our mind. Getting lost, altered, state flow state. Getting out of our heads, a legal high. Accessing soul, body, heart, and spirit. If the mind is a blackboard we need an eraser from time to time.
Trouble is when we loose our mind we don’t know where we are. We might not know how to get back. But that is the territory, lose in order to gain.
This takes the short and sharp questions of…so what? and by when? to another level. Still short and sharp it’s helpful to also consider.
What can you adopt?
What can you adapt?
A 2 pronged attack. Copy and paste, keep it easy. No need to reinvent the wheel. Thanks for that. Adopted. Parts that you like, needs an addition though. Some but not all. Adapted.