As coaches, we see this tug-o-war occurring all of the time within our clients, as these leaders struggle to navigate between the Scylla of stressful change and the Charybdis of personal stagnation. We believe that one of the most important things we can achieve through deep coaching is to help our clients move past this type of existential impasse. Furthermore, we suggest that the secret to helping our clients past this gridlock lies in securing a strong ally.
Our ally is that part of our client that is strongly invested in personal growth, and willing to take a leap of faith to venture into the unknown. In the remainder of this chapter, we will introduce you to four techniques for gaining the help of this ally: (1) showing your clients how to externalize their coaching issues or “problems,” (2) helping your clients identify and resolve ambivalent needs, (3) directing your clients’ attention to those factors within their sphere of control, and (4) encouraging your clients to keep their commitments to personal change.
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