On the Advanced Coach Training I co-facilitate, a participant created this Post-it as part of a final integrative what-were-your-key-learning's activity. I absolutely LOVE that even at this Advanced level of coaching there is the honest, simple & humble recognition that........
~No matter how many elegant questions you might have
~No matter how many sophisticated skills, techniques or models you might know.
~No matter how many qualifications you already have to your name.
~No matter how much you can ask in fees
~No matter how many recommendations you have collected
~No matter how large your network
~No matter even that your passion is coaching & you value supporting others to reach their potential....
without listening..............particularly exquisite, delicious, dedicated listening............you have nothing to work with.
"It's not that I'm not listening............it's that I'm listening
to something else"
Give someone you care about, including one of your clients a really good listening to today!
I love to notice, & to wonder & to journal on the things I wonder about: as the poet David Whyte says ~to "overhear myself saying things I didn't know I knew"