The intent of this session is that through inquiry and participative exercises we will explore the territory of not knowing and share with each other insights of prospective benefit for coach and client. We will develop our strengths, identify blind spots and increase our skills and capabilities.
There are bound to be times, when I am coaching, that I don’t know what to do. In these circumstances:
- What signals are indicating I'm about to get into this space? How will I notice these indicators?
- How can I be more aware of clear and powerful warning signs – so my radar is more powerful and I can increase the amplification of the signals?
- How do I decide what to do next? What choices can I make, e.g. staying silent; focusing my attention on my client; owning my not knowing; voicing my not knowing; asking a question?
- What is good about not knowing? What can I learn from this? Is there anything to “fix”?
- What tools do I need ready access to when I don't know what to do?
The benefits of this exploration include:
- increased confidence as a coach when I notice I don’t know what to do
- more resources available to me when I notice I don’t know what to do
- acceptance that simply being in an uncertain place with the client is OK
Ray is an experienced organisation development consultant, learning designer, facilitator, trainer, and Association for Coaching Master Executive Coach. His work reflects his values of partnership, inquiry, curiosity, creativity, personal and corporate responsibility, and challenge. He is a visiting contributor at Green Templeton College at Oxford University; Henley Business School; and WMG, University of Warwick.
Ian has thirty years coaching and consulting experience. He focuses on helping individuals to learn and develop often within the context of major organisational change. He chairs The Coaching Forum and co-leads coaching activities at Said Business School, University of Oxford, where he is an Associate Fellow. He has written a number of papers and coaching tools. He is an Association for Coaching Master Executive Coach.
Ian and Ray are co-founders of Alchemy of Coaching.