Listening for “the who”

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No, I don’t mean the Doctor or the band :-). The International Coaching Federation created “PCC markers“, behaviors displayed by professional coaches. They state: 5.1: Coach acts in response to the whole person of the client (the who). 6.1: Coach’s questions and observations are customized by using what the coach has learned about who the […]

Another meaning of “Solution Focused” Coaching


I am currently co-teaching a course on “narrative coaching” and was re-reading Gene Coombs and Jill Freedman’s wonderful introduction: “Narrative Therapy: the Social Construction of Preferred Realities” which I can wholeheartedly recommend for the more philosophically minded coaches. In their second chapter, they talk about “reificiation” (also a pet peeve of mine) — “Reifi-WHAT?” I […]

Exploration vs. Solution?


Aaaaaaaand in one corner of the ring we have “EXPLORATION”, the master of awareness, wearer of the belt of insight, triple champion of the “coaching the who” league! And in the other corner, the opponent, “SOLUTION”, master of forward movement, champion of accountability and wearer of the double crown of action! Ok, sorry for the […]

Do this with resistant clients

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In Solution Focused coaching, we are assuming that clients want to cooperate. If we have the impression that that is not what is happening, it is in our responsibility as coaches to create the conditions for collaboration with the client. Usually, we just need to listen some more and suspend our judgement.