Blog – Competencies That Create Awareness

  Recently I coached the ownership team of a small service firm with about thirty employees.  One of the challenges they face concerns a salesman who so badly wants to make the sale that he will customize and upgrade the services beyond the scope of what the company can truly support (or afford).  They all

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  Kilgrave is one of the best villains on TV.  As the main bad guy in the first season of Jessica Jones, he’s a formidable foe because he has the power to control people with his words.  If he says, “Jump out the window” another character will leap through a 20-story window to his death. 

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  What distinguishes a professional-level coach from a beginner?  Several things, but one of the most important is the ability to invite and support self-awareness and self-change.  Sometimes we call self-change “internal shift.”  The idea is that the client realizes he or she is what needs to change. One of my clients recently demonstrated the

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Coaching is not telling, at least that is what we reinforce with beginning coaches. The telling coach gives answers rather than creates awareness. The telling coach creates dependence rather than fostering responsibility. The telling coach is the easiest coach to ignore. New coaches learn that awareness can be created by asking powerful questions – open

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  Like many others (maybe you?), I count C.S. Lewis as one of the greatest thinkers, writers, and communicators ever.  The author of over 30 books spanning genres of poetry, fantasy, apologetics, and literature, Lewis’s intellect was unmatched.  But Lewis the genius recognized the limits of intellect.  In fact, he believed our intellect and reason

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  The International Coach Federation recently announced a change to their list of core competencies. The list and descriptions for each competency help coaches know what’s expected of a coach. The new list has eight competencies while the previous list had eleven. The only somewhat surprising change? The new list drops “Powerful Questioning”. Hmmm. Brian

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