As I take my first tentative steps towards, hopefully, becoming a life coach I’ve been pondering on what makes a good coach!
Clearly I found Stephen a good coach. Why? Up to now I’ve had no idea. I just did.
This morning as I was reading the next chapter in “Time to Think” I came across the following:
“The danger with coaching lies in the perceived need for the coach to appear brilliant, to be seen to have all the answers………..
Coaches need to realise that the brilliant person is the client…
Ironically, by bringing out the brilliance in the client, you as coach will be seen as the brilliant one.”
I think that’s why I benefited so much from Stephen’s Coaching – he made me feel I was brilliant! He is a brilliant coach!
So with that in mind I am, today, about to gather a group of people together at work and test out what I’ve read and the way Stephen coached me. I am going to gently nudge this group to solving their own issues and concerns of the up coming office move round and to empower them to come up with a positive outcome and agreement from the meeting, rather than rely on me and my staff to solve all their problems!
This will require me to keep my mouth shut more than I’d like, not interrupt and really stand back and let them think their way through this whilst guiding them to do so.
Today is going to be interesting!!