Coach’s Corner: Try out coaching with this exercise
The first step to effective coaching is understanding your client. Here`s your turn to give coaching a shot.
Read an anonymous client’s journal entry below and try to figure out what makes them tick. Try to understand the mindset and perspectives that are limiting the client. As their coach, what would you say to help this client move forward? Use the guiding questions below to help you respond. Feel free to respond in the comments here.
I am tired—the kind of tired that makes it hard to open my eyes really wide. I’ve been going non-stop for the past week or two, and I can feel that I need a good night’s sleep. The drama that has popped up related to my father and his care is something that is leaving me very disturbed. Today my family got into a fight about where to keep my father for the next few days. The camps are divided, and the claws are out. I feel disappointed that this is happening and sad that I have very little influence, being so far away from my father. My voice doesn’t count for much. Even if I travel back and forth to see him, I still am considered the baby who just goes along with the decisions my siblings make. The question for me is: How do I manage myself within this environment?
- What beliefs are bringing this client down?
- In what ways does she see herself that aren’t particularly useful?
- What can help this client move forward?
- What questions can you ask to learn more?