Guest Blogger: Rick Koonce
Many years ago, before I became an executive coach, I was a radio reporter and TV interviewer. I loved my job because each morning I never knew what breaking news there would be that day, what stories I’d cover, or who I might be interviewing. (Hint: It might be anybody from a celebrity chef or county commissioner to an unemployed mill worker or presidential candidate!)
Recently, I was mulling the fact that there are a lot of similarities between journalists and coaches. Both are in quest of “the truth.” Both have to bring curiosity and intellectual rigor to their work to be effective. Both must ask tough and probing questions at times. Both have to be good listeners and data-gatherers. And both have to be discerning observers of the people they’re talking to!
Over the years I’ve enjoyed finding ways to bring the tools of the journalistic trade to my work as a coach, whenever it seems appropriate. And it seems most appropriate when it comes to asking powerful and searching questions.
Asking good questions is, of course, at the heart of any coaching engagement. That’s why I developed a tool called a 360-Degree Narrative Assessment and Stakeholder Analysis™ or “NASA” for short. It’s an in-depth “field” interview instrument that enables you to collect a large amount of real-time data from a coachee’s colleagues, direct reports, superiors and other stakeholders that you and your coachee can then use to develop a concrete set of coaching goals.
The premise behind the NASA instrument is curiosity – a kind of journalistic curiosity in fact. Truth be told, when I conduct NASAs in organizations today I sometimes feel a little like a journalist — or cultural anthropologist! (Which, by the way, was another career choice I considered before I got into broadcasting and then executive coaching!)
Want to Learn More?
Want to learn more about NASAs and how to apply them to your own coaching work? If that’s the case, I invite you to sign up for my interactive ICF-NE presentation on March 14th if you haven’t done so already.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Rick Koonce is president of Richard Koonce Productions, Inc. a coaching and strategic communications consulting firm based in Newton.
ICF-NE’s next event is March 14th, 2011.
Afternoon session: (3:30 – 5:30pm):
Executive and Leadership Coaching Tools
Richard Koonce: 360 Executive Coaching Tool – A Fresh Approach
Lauran Star: Leadership Emotional Intelligence Profile
Evening session: (6:30 – 8:30pm):
Robert Hargrove: Masterful Executive Coaching