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Cornerstones of Coaching

August 11, 2021

I have recently started down the path of certification with Co-Active Coaching as I wanted to improve my coaching skills; to know more about what great coaching looks like, to immerse myself in a community that will help me improve my abilities and to have credibility in my own mind about my own skills. 

Co-Active Coaching has 4 cornerstones that underpin the coaching relationship between coach and coachee. 

  • People are Naturally Creative Resourceful and Whole
  • Dance in This moment
  • Focus on the Whole Person
  • Evoke Transformation 

The points below are taken from Co-Active Book in order for me to understand what each cornerstone is supporting - I thought I'd share them with you.



People are Naturally Creative, Resourceful and Whole (NCRW)

  • Truly holding the client naturally creative resourceful and whole can be paradoxical at times. The coach lets go of problem-solving or being nice in favour of telling the hard truth or witnessing a client who is in pain. 
  • When we take a stand for others NCRW we become champions on their behalf, not worried hand-holders. 

Dance in THIS moment

  • Dancing in this moment is about the coach's ability to be completely present. Present to notice what is going on in each moment; agile, flexible. nimble to move as needed.
  • Dancing in this Moment calls the coach into a deep connection with Level 3 listening, continuing to discover what is present, what is needed, what is called for in each moment.
  • It is about developing the ability to respond, rather than react.
  • Every conversation creates tone, mood, nuance. There is as much information, sometimes more,  in "how" the words are said versus the words chosen.
  • To dance in this moment is to be very present to what is happening right now and respond to that stimulus.

Focus on the whole Person

  • The person is more than the problem at hand - or the goal, the dream, the tasks. This is a whole person: Heart, mind, body and spirit.
  • The issue, whatever it is, is not neatly isolated. It is inexorably entwined in the coachee's whole life.
  • The key is increased awareness because no topic exists in isolation. A decision in one area of life inevitably ripples through all areas of life.

Evoke Transformation

  • A coaches role is to create space for them to grow.
  • Evoke Transformation points the coaching away from saboteur conversation and limiting self-talk and calls the coach's attention to the authentic and magnificent being that is the client.
  • It can seem that the cornerstones could create a constricting box, however, the cornerstones create support, scaffolding, a play area in which a coaching relationship can live.  

IT may seem that the cornerstones could create a constricting box, however, the cornerstones create support, scaffolding, a play area in which a coaching relationship can live.  As a Scrum Master, as a coach, do you hold your coaching conversations with this support around them? If not, then maybe consider doing so...


My offer to you...

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