David’s outstanding coaching strength is his ability to forge a strong bond of trust and hold the client accountable for his or her own leadership, i.e, from the outset he seeks to support a client independently handle the most difficult aspects of their dilemma. This focus on accountability enables him to be an impactful coach. David’s area of development, concerns skilfully switching between coach and mentoring roles. Given his past career, people inevitably contract him due to his experience – they expect him to give advice. David handles this challenge skilfully and has developed an approach of storytelling that enables to convey his experience without being instructional. David is very adept at questioning asking. What he is aware of, and working on, moving smoothly between the two modes of support and ensuring the major focus of his sessions focus on question asking. He is good at handling this challenge. Given his career experience, it is a challenge he needs to be graceful with as senior clients can hold David in story mode beyond what’s needed.
- ‘Being there for the client’ – whether that’s in the moment; or when they need to talk; or when they need that source of inspiration to take that step. This might involve further reflection or creating a personal ‘charter’.
- Helping the client see that they are the solution, not me. I am merely the ‘torch’ that shows the client the path that they had already started on.
- Making the client feel safe.
- Enabling the client to make progress by ‘encouraging’ the client to make sure they take something away from each session and agree what’s next.
- Not being reserved about asking the right question and not shying away from getting the answer.
- Courage is about the things you do that are most difficult for you and those you care about. Knowing that and doing those things will be what makes you different!
- We are the product of our life experiences. Understand that they shape us, they ‘brand’ us. Build on that, because the foundations are there!
- Acknowledge the past, but accept that the future is theirs to shape.
- Make sure they own the session; I am only here if needed. Success is a solo flight.
- Knowing when to let go or when to walk away. Recognising their progress and/or my limitations.