'What lies beyond': my latest article in Coaching at Work
I recently had the sad experience of attending the cremation of a former client. As I sat, surrounded by dozens of people who had been part of his life, it came home to me forcefully that in a coaching relationship I hear and see only a tiny window on the client: their stories reflect just a fraction of who they are.
I realised that I could easily jump to assumptions and interpretations based on the fragments of evidence that emerge in the coaching encounter, whereas my task is to discover and focus on what is at the heart of what the client brings – and to enable sustainable change.
This event reinforced for me that if I am to deliver real value in my coaching, I need to go far beyond the constraints of the coaching objectives to a deep understanding of who the client is, and can be, in their contexts and systems.
My article on the subject has been published in ‘Coaching at Work’. Subscribers can see it here. Otherwise please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a pdf