Awareness - that window into what’s working and what’s not - is the foundation for change.
Welcome to my Blog. Here you'll find essays I've written about coaching. Some of the questions I'm exploring are (1) What makes coaching work? (2) What helps coaches do their work well? (3) How do coaches continue to be masters of their profession? and (4) What the heck are those ICF coaching competencies, anyway?
My passion is helping coaches to be their best, so they can bring the best of coaching to their clients.
There's something here for all coaches, at all levels of experience. I’ll bet you'll learn something new, find a new perspective to consider, or just encounter a new way to say what you already know from experience. It’s all good, and (probably) good for you, too! .
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It's my privilege to offer my thoughts on coaching.. Enjoy your reading!
Sue McLeod, PCC
"Care is asking the right questions." See what they mean in this What? How? (Whirlpool Washer/Dryer commercial).
I'm not endorsing the company, just acknowledging their clever use of Questions in this ad ;-)
It’s a simple question, really. We ask the students in the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program to observe their questions and reflect on what they notice.
Hundreds of student coaches have written this paper over the years. I read through another batch just this morning, and was – again – delighted and inspired by what the students learn.
We assign this paper because it’s important for coaches to be aware of the questions they ask, the questions they avoid, and how the context impacts their questioning. This awareness is a foundation for moving into being thoughtful and artful in using questions in coaching conversations.
But the real learning is much deeper, varied, nuanced, and personal. This learning often comes as a surprise. The student becomes aware that how he/she asks questions is a reflection of how he/she sees the world and his/her place in it. And the “world” is their relationships, their role in workplace power dynamics, or their own master self-assessments, fundamental fears, deep passions. Their patterns of asking questions grow out of a lifetime of past experiences, culture and family relationships, and years of professional training.
To move into coaching is to leave behind one view of the world and embody another, in which you are someone who loves questions; who is confident asking questions that feel too probing and too personal; who can draw out deeper insight and meaning with just a question.
What are you noticing about your questions?
Creativity and finding new paths requires listening to what is and imagining what could be...
|T-Shirt seen on the streets of Bath, Maine Summer 2015|
This lace shawl was made possible by my friend and knitting expert (Cheryl) who steps in to help with any of my challenges. She creates a safe and courageous space on my journey to knitting mastery!
- Small class size (maximum of 5 students)
- 18 Core Competency CEUs, 0.5 Resource Development CEUs, 3 Ethics CEUs
- 8 tele-classes for lecture and discussion
- Homework assignments to deepen your learning
- $1,450.00 class fee
Spring has finally arrived in Maine and the gardens are planted. Now we watch, weed, and water to support the new growth that will soon (we hope!) be reaching towards the sun.
- Dig into the ICF expectations of a masterful PCC level coach
- Turn over and examine your own coaching in a confidential and supportive group of peers
- Weed out the bad habits you’ve been tolerating
- Sow the seeds for being the best coach you can be