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  My opening coaching question has changed. I used to ask: “What would you like to talk about today?” Now I ask: “What would you like to work on today?” It may seem like a subtle shift. The word “talk” is replaced by the word “work.” Yet it is anything but subtle. It defines the

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  The snow was piled as high as the house. The electric lines had frozen and snapped. And the road grader which was sent to plow a path for us had gotten stuck and would remain stuck for about a month. It was an unnatural beacon of despair parked right across the road from our

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  In most of our coach training classes we ask students to coach one another, typically in 30-minute windows of time, but sometimes in as little as 10 minutes. Many coaches find it difficult to conduct a coaching session in such a narrow span of time. And some of us even struggle to conclude a

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  Have you ever lost control of your coaching conversation before it even really started? I have. Twenty minutes into the hour I’m thinking – “Wow, how did we get…nowhere?” Section B of the updated ICF Core Competencies – Co-Creating The Relationship – addresses the need for the coach to work with the client to

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  Much of what we do as coaches involves helping clients make decisions and then take action. Typically, the decision is some form of “What should I do about ___?” The coaching relationship creates a powerful space in which a client can consider an issue, really focus on the core concern of the issue, and

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  Mark came into the coaching relationship very excited about his goal of earning a promotion. He was a year into his role as a production supervisor in a manufacturing company and he had his sights set on becoming a plant manager and eventually a director of operations. Mark wanted the career advancement, but two

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