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The Mindful Coach: Seven Roles for Facilitating Leader Development: New and Revised Edition by Doug Silsbee

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ASKING QUESTIONS THAT SHIFT THE CLIENT’S UNDERSTANDING OF THE SITUATION

The situation that the client faces could represent an opportunity, a fear, a dilemma, or the need for a plan. The situation includes those involved, organizational or family goals, and constraints and resources. The situation also includes how the client himself exists within his world: the personality, beliefs, biases, and habits that are embedded in the client are critical elements to include in a new understanding of the situation. Most often the real openings in coaching occur on the level of the client’s awareness of these inner elements.
Situation questions open up new ways of seeing the client’s current situation and result in a new view and more freedom of possibility. ...

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