ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
When I saw this spider, a whole new world of possibility appeared. If spiders can make clouds from feathers, what seemingly impossible things might I be able to do?! All these years without questioning what I’d been taught about how clouds are made… Metaphor is central to the way I make sense of the world.
The following helps me understand coaching. It describes the overall process for the whole coaching relationship and the shape for each session. I hope it helps you.
C – Connect
Connecting with the heart of the matter.
What is alive?
O – Open
Opening to wonder, to intuition, possibility and the unexpected.
A – Access
Accessing the new. Exploring, meeting, feeling, sensing, naming.
What is here?
C – Collect
Collecting the fruits.
What is the texture?
H – Honor
Honoring the harvest.
What does great-fullness allow?