A manual to change life through coaching: “Co-Active Coaching”

on BLOG, Coaching, transformation 3 ott, 2012

Cambiare vita col coaching: “Co-Active Coaching”

Today I want to talk about a very useful and rich coaching manual, to be suggested to those who are interested in the discipline and even to the professional coaches. The book –that I have called, not surprisingly, "a manual to change life through coaching" – is titled "Co-Active Coaching, new skills for coaching people towards success in work and life" by Laura Whitworth, Karen and Henry Kimsey- House and Phillip Sandahl, published by Nicholas Brealey Publishing.

Why do I recommend it to you? Because the enjoyable text offers many tools and methods to better manage a coaching session, both corporate and personal. One of the four pillars of co-active coaching is to address the client's whole life; therefore, there are no distinctions between corporate and life coaching sessions. The other three pillars obviously deserve to be mentioned here: (1) the client is naturally creative, resourceful and whole, (2) the agenda comes from the coachee and (3) the coach "dances in the moment".

It’s enough to think on the co-active coaching pillars to understand that the book provides tools to change our lives. The authors, in fact, distinguish two different coachee' agendas:

– l’agenda con la “a” minuscola, che è rappresentata dalla singola sessione con il proprio problema da risolvere ed il conseguente piano di azioni;

– l’agenda con la “A” maiuscola, che è rappresentata dalla ricerca di appagamento, equilibrio e processo dinamico. Praticamente l’agenda relativa alla vita stessa.

The expertise that the manual easily conveys to the reader is to use multiple points of view, in order to extend the coachee’s possibilities, to move her away from her impasse and to help her to change life, habits or relationships. In other words: to improve her Agenda.

In this regard, the authors propose a conversation model (called balance coaching) to be used with “stuck” coachees, consisting in a kind of brainstorming of perspectives. The coachee produces them in abundance, she experiences several different points of view, that allow her to create a new vision of the problem and to plan actions just before unimaginable.

Another conversation model, the process coaching, has to be used when the coach feels or senses great subterranean emotions, that the coachee does not recognize or want to face. If the coachee gives permission and if the relationship between coach and coachee is deeply based on confidence and absence of judgment, the model allows true shifts.

These are just two examples of the numerous techniques exposed in “Co-Active Coaching”.

The qualities that I more directly associate to this manual are clarity and generosity. The authors demonstrate a genuine talent in the dissemination and transmission of change and evolution techniques, accompanied by a profusion of tips and methods to ease the coach’s tension, allowing him to dance in the moment and to be effective. The book is also accompanied by a CD containing the recording of some coaching sessions and other resources such as exercise, lists of questions, homework, etc..

The text can be profitably used to make self-coaching.

I suggest, therefore, "Co-Active Coaching" even if - in my opinion –it’s necessary to associate it to other books, not focused on a single coaching session, but on the management of the entire coaching path. I’ll soon come back on this point with another post.

Have you read "Co-Active Coaching"?

What struck you most?

Do you want to know how to manage balance coaching or process coaching sessions?

 

 

 

 

 

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