Blog – Competencies That Create Awareness
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
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
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
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
In my ebook The Language of Coaching, I compare learning to coach with learning a new language. It’s not that we learn new vocabulary, syntax, grammar and alphabet, but we do learn a new way to speak the language we already know. For new coaches, one of the most challenging aspects of learning this
One of our mantras at CAM (and we have many) goes like this: “the brain is an incredible pattern-matching machine.” We say this often because coaching relationships often bump up against this truth. Sometimes it’s a friendly bump and other times it’s a hurtful collision. The human brain wants to match the novel to
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