Two important qualities for coaches to have are humility and confidence. They sound like two unusual companions so let me explain more. Without humility, it is very difficult to be in inquiry and tune into someone else’s world to be curious about it. Instead, we may well be working from well-formed assumptions that have served us well for a long time rather than noticing what informs the worlds of our clients.
In the early days of our journey together, back in late 2012, the Coaching Story founders sketched out – literally, on a paper napkin, in a coffee shop! – a draft model that describes our distinctive approach to coaching.
We have talked a lot about a coach being conscious and intentional about how they will support the coachee as they develop their thinking. What follows in this model is an attempt to map this out over the flow of a coaching session.