As you might know, in just a few days, I’ll commence my program in narrative coaching. Exciting times. In preparation for this, I’ve been tasked with addressing a series of interesting questions such as the following: Which assumptions, habits, stories or outdated practices could you let go of in order to free yourself to work more powerfully as a coach? The first thing that … Read More As I prepare.
Recent studies show that the stories we tell ourselves become so enmeshed with our cognitive functions, that they – and not any accurate assessment of actual experience – underpin 80% of our actions. According to ‘attachment theory’, the majority of these stories are formed during infancy, when we are first bonding with ‘mother’. Not only are our stories archetypal in nature (i.e. common to … Read More Attachment Theory & Narrative Coaching
In just a few days, I’ll commence my program in narrative coaching. Exciting times. To kick things off, I’ve been asked why I want to be a coach and why I’m chosing narrative coaching. I’ve studied psychological astrology for many years and have come to appreciate how much it can help us navigate our lives. The problem was that if I were going to … Read More As I prepare…
Some say that the purpose of coaching is to optimise ‘performance’. This suggests a standard against which ‘performance’ will be measured. Understandable. Many traditional coaching models rely on sports-based analogies like that espoused by Gallwey Their approach is to match the coachee’s inner and outer games, as might an athlete in order to win his competition. The presumption is that some aspect of current … Read More What’s the purpose of coaching?
This afternoon, I joined the first of four webinars where Hetty Einzig speaks on the future of coaching. Some of the ideas expressed were music to my ears. The primary point, from which all else flows, is that the environment in which coaches practice now is not the same as it was forty years ago. Sports-based coaching models such as T-GROW still have much … Read More The Future of Coaching – Vision, Leadership, and Responsibility
Yet another interesting coaching model uses the Psychodynamic Approach, the stated purpose of which is to expand the client’s capacity for emotional regulation. Baseline is that the client already regulates his emotional response when confronted with people and/or situations. Unfortunately, however, he usually has little or no consciousness about what is happening much less why. This should come as no surprise. Haven’t we all … Read More Psychodynamic Coaching
Another coaching model of interest is Existential Coaching – which, like all coaching paradigms, seeks to facilitate positive change. If (1) the popular sports-based models (T-GROW) focus on increased performance and (2) narrative coaching focuses on crafting a new client story, then (3) Existential Coaching beats a unique path in between. According to Ernesto Spinelli, the purpose of Existential Coaching is to help people … Read More Existential Coaching