The Self-Coaching Corner: From Objective to Decision – January 2024

This month, the Self-coaching corner features a coaching question from our Starter-Kit “From Goal to Decision”. This coaching question helps to explore new Options.

Also, self-assess your communication abilities with our quick questionnaire offered below.

To provide meaningful questions to reconnect, step back and open new perspectives in the complex world around us.  We want these questions to help you in your own coaching with your colleagues and even with your peers.

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The question of coaching for the month

(with a self-evaluation questionnaire below):

If you were in the other person’s shoes, how would you resolve the situation?

How can we question ourselves when confronted with a challenge? How do we prepare ourselves to influence a situation or rebuild mutual trust as a necessary step? (e.g.: an excellent idea that doesn’t work; a project that’s hit a bump in the road)?

It’s certainly a question that will prompt us to show empathy, be more attentive to the needs of our colleague and foster collaboration.

Explore each other’s strengths and build trust

To start exploring possible solutions, how can we understand the other person’s emotions and perspectives? How can we better discover each other’s strengths, to understand each other’s needs and interests?

What could improve exchanges and build trust, so that together we can find the keys to the challenges we face, and come up with a win-win solution?

Improving communication and collaboration

Such a question also gives us an opportunity to think about ways of improving communication and collaboration:

  • Clarify situations, address concerns.
  • Collaborate with your counterpart to find a win-win solution.
  • Identify key challenges and uncover new possibilities we hadn’t even considered.
  • Examine the pros and cons of each option, building on each other’s strengths to learn from each other.

Promoting collaboration through listening and openness

By putting ourselves in the other person’s shoes, we can develop our ability to listen and be open to others. Because, while in some situations it may be necessary to find common ground or make compromises, it becomes important to be open to other points of view by letting the other person have their say and, if necessary, accepting to adjust our position by listening to the other person. This openness contributes to reaching mutually beneficial solutions.

Communication skills self-evaluation questionnaire

Putting yourself in the other person’s shoes also means getting to know yourself better. That’s why, to help you better assess your communication skills, we’ve included this short questionnaire from our Self-Coaching Kit User’s Guide.

If you’ve answered “No” or “Sometimes” several times, anchor yourself in the things you’re already doing well. Next, set a real intention to move forward and identify something you’d like to do differently in the next week (e.g., letting others speak before you, asking questions for better understanding in a meeting).  Think about your intention out loud. Team up with others to dare to act.  And don’t forget to give feedback on your changes. Because experience without reflection is repetition.

Now what would you do:

If you were in the other person’s shoes, how would you resolve the situation?

Be bold. Write the question down. Share it with someone you trust. Ask this question to a colleague. Or try it during your next mentoring session.

This question is designed to help you envision the future, one step at a time. You can find this question in the Self-Coaching Starter Kit – from Objective to Decision. The kit equips you with a tangible coaching cycle to find solutions and to move forward. It is now available on our website

The Self-Coaching Corner : Question of November 2023

To provide meaningful questions to reconnect, step back and open new perspectives in the complex world around us.  We want these questions to help you in your own coaching with your colleagues and even with your peers

This Month Coaching Question

What would make a lasting difference and not a temporary one?

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2024 is just around the corner and it’s time to review the year 2023. What worked? What actions and strategies should we adopt for the coming year? How can we implement solutions that guarantee a positive impact over the long term, not just temporarily?

Prioritizing energy and impact over time.

In a world filled with tasks, how can you manage your energy, not just your time? On your self-coaching journey, uncover enduring solutions to conquer challenges and conserve your energy.

To make a lasting difference in our actions, we need to be able to put in place practices and tools that enable us to evaluate what will be truly significant. Effective prioritization allows us to achieve real impact, reducing urgency and stress.

What fosters enduring impact at The Co-Leadership Group?

At The Co-Leadership Group, we practice weekly check-ins and monthly check-outs. 

Weekly check-in: Every Monday morning, we align our goals, prioritize what truly matters for the upcoming week and month, and, most importantly, evaluate actions that drive the greatest customer value and company growth. What’s essential?  Who requires support?

Consequently, we’ve optimized our project management, implemented purpose-driven planning systems, enhanced efficiency, and effectively harnessed our strengths to make a substantial impact, all while enjoying the process!

Monthly check-out: At the end of each month, we discuss together: what went well, what we’re proud of, what we can improve next time and what we’ve learned this month. This allows us to understand our sources of motivation and to continually learn together.

Do you have a team under your responsibility?   

Explore these strategies to foster lasting change, driving synergy, motivation, and team success:

  • Encourage each member of your team to explore their core values, strengths, and intrinsic motivations, and chart a course for their 2024 contributions.
  • IIdentify specific areas or issues where your efforts will have the most lasting impact on group dynamics.

Example:

  1. How can I appreciate and leverage on everyone’s uniqueness?
  2. How can I communicate my vision?
  3. What strategies can I use to motivate my team?

 

  • Foster open communication by encouraging team members to trust each other and build on each other’s strengths.
  • Set ambitious but achievable goals that will propel the team forward.
  • Establish a trustworthy atmosphere, enabling every team member to fully leverage their strengths, collaborating to discover enduring, not fleeting solutions.
  • And finally, review your most important strengths yourself (e.g. from your Gallup CliftonStrengths 34® or your CliftonStrengths® for Leaders report) to identify your starting point for making a significant impact in 2024.

And for you, what would make a lasting difference rather than a temporary one?

Be bold. Write the question down. Share it with someone you trust. Ask this question to a colleague. Or try it during your next mentoring session.

This question is designed to help you envision the future, one step at a time. You can find this question in the Self-Coaching Starter Kit – from Objective to Decision. The kit equips you with a tangible coaching cycle to find solutions and to move forward. It is now available on our website.