‘Flying is easy; it’s take-off and landing that are
I’ve been an
ICF-registered mentor-coach for 4 years, supporting other coaches to gain their
ICF credentials. I’ve noticed some
common patterns in the recorded sessions I critique and I share my observations
here to help new coaches improve.
With reference to the flying quote, one way to consider a
coaching session is in 3 phases: take-off, in-flight, and landing. Let’s look at each of these.
I find myself drawn to my client’s shadow side. What is the
client’s shadow? It’s their dark side,
the place inside they don’t want to look at, that’s often been suppressed for
many years, unacknowledged but hanging over them and casting a shadow over
their life. The shadow holds powerful
emotions that are hard to live with, such as guilt, grief, shame and fear – is
it any wonder that people don’t want to go there? And yet the unresolved shadow always follows
them, holding ...