Guest Blogger: Amorah Ross
During our teleclass this week we explored the ICF core coaching competencies as a communication process that distinguishes a coaching conversation from all other types of conversations. I offer the following perspective on risk taking for your consideration, which I believe to be a key factor in having truly powerful coaching conversations and marks a masterful level of artistry for a coach.
The context in which I’m addressing risk taking in coaching is that it is in service to the client’s ability to express their greatness. Risk taking also serves to create awareness that has not yet been accessed as a higher goal than affirming what is already known.
Some guiding beacons are the language of the Master Certified Coach (MCC) ICF competency behaviors: “The coach is not afraid of questions that will make either the coach or the client or both uncomfortable.” “The coach’s invitation to exploration precedes and is significantly greater than invitation to solution.” and, “The use of the client’s greatness is invited and welcomed. There is no evidence of ‘fixing’ a problem or the client.”
When a coach consistently trusts the process of coaching and explores with a client from copious curiosity, the opportunities for risk taking become obvious. Coach and client attune more easily, and openly access and name what is seen, heard, sensed and felt in the space between you. In other words, your own expertise and knowledge do not put blinders or limitations on your multiple sensory capabilities. In MCC fashion, you and the client take comfort in the discomfort of the unknown and facilitate fresh breakthroughs.
The synergy of multiple ways of perceiving generates permission to see, hear, sense, feel, relate to and share everything being experienced in the exchange; the wholeness of the situation in which everything matters is clearly evident. Within this space, client assumptions, perspectives and beliefs can be challenged; you can both dive deeply into any incongruity, inconsistency, incoherency or paradox inherent in the situation or conversation.
By being willing to tell the truth as it emerges, freedom from self-protection is available because it’s no longer required. When you, as coach, model risk taking with and for the client they gain full permission to reciprocate and do the same, opening richer and deeper avenues of exploration. New awareness is a natural by-product of risk taking.
Invitation to Exploration:
1. During upcoming coaching sessions, notice at which point(s) you hesitate to be bold or take a risk in service to your client.
2. As you notice it, what do you find yourself thinking and doing?
3. What will support you to develop ease and comfort with taking risks in service to client awareness?
Master Certified Coach (MCC) & Certified Mentor Coach
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