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. [Read more…]