This article is about the difference that makes the difference in our Integral Developmental Coaching process (CCM&S).
Coaching as Development
The process of learning to becoming a professional developmental coach is utterly life changing. You already know this – but why? Because learning developmental models facilitates your development.
Coaching on Purpose
Our Integral approach to developmental coaching is about enabling clients to live their life on purpose. As a coach of this process, authenticity means you knowing your why; that you are clear about why you are choosing to coach. The purpose and intention you bring to coaching colours and textures how you coach and enables you to lead the unfolding process, because you’ve been there yourself.
Integral developmental coaches take the power of meta-questions to help their clients step back and become more objective to themselves and their situation. But that’s not all we do.
The art of this approach to developmental coaching, simultaneously grounds the conversation in a specific event for the purpose of inquiry. This process of zooming brings the client in and out of their awareness to create a new meta-awareness — the movement from the foreground to the background that builds awareness through inquiring into the meta-frames about reality and meta-states of the self.
This (zooming) movement in our approach to coaching, separates integral developmental coaching from all other coaching approaches, because it creates a meta-systemic view of the outside from the inside. It is the reason we ask the question, “What’s missing on the inside that you are looking for on the outside?”
The Power of Tears
The answer to this question can be powerful and can sometimes even lead to tears. There’s a breakthrough behind the tears that can give your clients awareness that they didn’t have before. The tears enable the client realise they are seeing something important.
Tears generally signify a meta-state about a past or projected event. They are structures in themselves. In this program, we’ll show you how to inquire with the client into these structures, in a way that frees them and enables clarity beyond the structures of their mind.
This technique is part of the integral coaching approach to development. It allows us to go deeper, faster. We are utilising every aspect of what is arising in the moment to awaken the person to what is absolutely true for them in this moment.
Sometimes you may have a client who is good at zooming in, but they cannot zoom out. Your job is to recognise this blind spot and simply point it out. Show the person the pattern. Help the person acknowledge the pattern of distraction that they are using to avoid what they truly need to focus on. The client needs to recognise the pattern that is stopping them and holding them from maintaining focus in their life.
Sometimes it is useful to mirror clients metaphors back to them, to help them determine how they are framing reality for themselves. In this situation, metaphors can be the mirror you need to help the client to make new connections by seeing beyond their unconscious processing (their blind spots). In the CCM&S program, we show you how to create and build upon existing client metaphors in a way that empowers a client to story their own experience in new and exciting ways.
Why Do People Need Coaches?
Coaching is an exploration of blind spots. The client is capable of leading their own development, but only based on what they know and can see.
Coaches are not therapists – they aren’t there to just listen. Nor are coaches there necessarily to simply lead others. The job of a coach in integral developmental coaching is to show clients the blind spots that are driving the self-belief structures that are holding and maintaining them in their status quo.
A developmental coach can see what the client cannot, and bring that subjectivity out into the light and make it objective. The client can process and make the changes they need to, themselves.
The difference that makes the difference
Developmental coaching empowers the client to take responsibility for their development, through awakening them to their blind spots.
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