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c-GCQ - Collected Good Coaching Questions

initiated by: Klaus co-created by: Birgit, Ilja, Ralph, Marc, Oana Just as good icecream, Good Coaching Questions (“GCQ”) come in a wide range of flavors, and from various sources. Apart from “clean language” and “solution focus” - which had helped to initiate this workshop, as they were mentioned in other workshops - there are also “systemic”, “co-active”, “powerful”, “provocative”, “hypnotic”, and “kidsskills”-questions, as well as simply streetwise, and other wise ones. (GCQ need not come from a specific coaching school background, even if they often do …) This workshop started with collecting two kinds of questions from the participants' experience, and then introduced specific questions from two schools of coaching chosen for participants' interest in them. Participants shared a) questions they had been asked themselves, and were still impressed with, and b) sort of “tricky” questions they occasionally of frequently love to use with customers. Both can be found on the flipchart below. —- Next, we took a look at “clean” questions, used in the school of “clean language” to help clients explore their own inner maps, their “psychescape” or “mindscape”, the landscape of their inner representation of experience. Here, often a first question along the line of “And when 'X', then what would 'X' be LIKE?” invites a change from pure descriptive or narrative level to some meta-level - the metaphorical level. Other questions simply expanding this first metaphor in time and in space, ask for → attributes, → location, or move 'X' backward or forward in time and space. (Preferably, they are being asked in some special, slightly “hypnotic”, trance-facilitating way.) The generic version of those questions is summarized in the following graphics. With their help, the client's awareness of his or her own mental model is expanded until some constellation is reached, that s/he perceives as a solution - which can then be “translated” back to some “real life” constellation with similar, non-metaphorical properties. good-coaching-questions-2.jpg Finally, Anthony Robbins' “5 Power Questions” were introduced as an example of a set of problem-solving questions in which each of the questions transports interesting “pre-suppositions”, ideas that the question itself doesn't explicitly mention, but requires just to be understood. These 5 questions (and part of their pre-suppositions …) are: 1. What's great about this problem? (Whatever the trouble may be, start with identifying something that's “great” anyway, and you change your whole mindset …) 2. What is not perfect yet? (So what we are talking about is not “terrible”, but “almost perfect”; just a tiny bit is “yet” lacking …) 3. What am I willing to do to make it the way I want it? (I have the power to act, and to choose my way of action, by will …) 4. What am I willing to no longer do in order to make it the way I want it? (Both actions to be taken, and actions to be let go of, are in my area of choices …) 5. How can I enjoy the process while I do what is necessary to make it the way I want it? (Whatever the trouble may be, there's still some part of me that can take good care of myself …) (Anthony Robbins: „Awaken the Giant within“, Simon & Schuster, New York 1991; p.193) PS.: Should you try to experiment with any of those question, have fun - and please take good care to also remember that what Steve de Shazer said about solution focused coaching tools applies as well to these questions: “Without the right attitude it's not even a good technique.” ccq1.jpgccq2.jpg

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