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Back to basics

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As the year turns, it’s natural to reflect on where we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going. ‘Where’ questions give a sense of place and journeying, but we could equally reflect on how we are, how we’ve been, and how we intend to be. For some, ‘what’ questions work best, tending to emphasise action, achievements and goals. What is the language of your reflecting process? How does it set a frame for your entry into a new year? (more…)

Raising questions

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In my previous article I wrote about offering support, and touched on a central tenet of my practice as a coach and coach supervisor: balancing challenge and support. This month, I continue this theme, focusing on the impact of challenging colleagues or clients.

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Sweet spot for support

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As a coach and coach supervisor I’m currently reflecting on how I offer ‘support’. Balancing challenge and support is a pivotal tenet of my practice, and is fundamental to many professionals involved in personal development. By nature I’m more disposed to challenge – it comes relatively easily, and feels ‘innate’ in some way. Support feels more ‘learned’, a little less adept and agile. When I offer support I need to pay conscious attention, and be mindful of my intent and the impact of my words and actions.

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