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Co-Active Coaching, 3rd Edition: Changing Business, Transforming Lives by Laura Whitworth

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CHAPTER 5Curiosity

As a context for coaching, curiosity may be the quality that starts the process and the energy that keeps it going. The most effective coaches seem to be naturally curious and to have developed their curiosity in a way that opens doors and windows for clients. Being genuinely curious and eager to play with whatever shows up is at the heart of a Co-Active coaching relationship.

A Different Way of Asking

Curiosity starts with a question. The interesting thing about a question is that it automatically causes us to start looking. For example, when you read the question, “Is it cold or hot outside today?” chances are that you instantly started thinking about the weather in your town. We have this Pavlovian response to a question. ...

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