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Magazine Issue 71: Coaching Toolkit
May 2016

This month: Thoughts about Coaching Toolkit

Article: Coaching Toolkit
New Resources
Additional Resources

This Month's Article:

A Coaching Toolkit

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A Coaching Toolkit An Article summarising an approach to building and maintaining your collection of tools and techniques for effective coaching.

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Educators

Tags: Coaching Mentoring Professional Development

Why Toolkit?

However, one person's meaningful metaphor is the next person's misleading comparison. Is your 'Toolkit' a box of chisels, pliers and screwdrivers etc. used to fix broken machines or is it a set of questions, exercises and profiling techniques applied while two people work? Does an expert carefully select the right tools for the task at hand or does a DIYer rummage around for a spanner? Or a hammer. Or anything else with which to hit something that's got itself stuck.

Coaching Toolkit
A coach's toolkit comprises anything from a single powerful question to a whole coaching model. It can include processes, profiling techniques and practical activities. Its contents might have been learned formally or developed intuitively. Some tools will be used during every session, others won't see the light of day for years on end. But whatever ends up in the toolkit, each item will have specific purposes and particular applications.

Three Kinds of Tool
Here's a simple way I use to categorise coaching tools with an example for each category. Some tools appear in more than one place and others may elude any category. I put those ones in a miscellaneous compartment.

  1. Tools for the coach's growth
  2. Tools for the coachee's growth
  3. Tools for the coaching session

Each section can divide further into:

  1. Profiling Tools
  2. Process Tools
  3. Practical Tools

Even greater detail can be added by appropriate tagging of each tool e.g.: administration, questioning, reflection, gap task, written, researched, newly developed, active, paid, open source etc.

Examples For the coach For the coachee For the session
Profiling - MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator)
- Working Styles Analysis
- MIDAS (Multiple Intelligences Developmental Assessment)
- Work-Life-Leisure Balance Wheel
- Meta-Coaching Questions
- Coaching & Mentoring Spectrum
Process - Supervision
- Coaching Log and Diary
- Pixar7 Story Telling
- GROW and other formulaic coaching
- Contracting or Norm-Setting
- Impact Tracking
Practical - Clean Language
- Mindfulness

- Superhero What if Cards
- Empty Chair Technique
- Environment Matching
- Environment Protection

 

How to Use Coaching Tools
Sometimes I'm so keen to try out a new tool that I need to quickly remember a golden rule of coaching: client's agenda leads. An coach's enthusiasm for interesting techniques risks hijacking the coaching session. A genuine coaching session is led by the coachee; the coach may suggest an appropriate tool but only if it is congruent with the work at hand.

Unless the coachee has explicitly suggested or requested a particular idea I don't begin a session with the fixed intent to use any particular technique. In fact, as part of the preparation for a session I put aside expectations through a short mindfulness exercise. Outside of sessions I'll put time and effort into learning new techniques - reading, online training, discussion, professional development, but as a session starts, all this is put by and I simply trust the process. I hold a deep belief that the right tool will emerge as the session unfolds. It generally does.

Impact
The most effective tools have the most impact. Evaluate the sustainable impact of particular tools in the same way you'd evaluate your coaching in general: ask your coachee and look for changes in their beliefs, behaviours and professional relationships. You may find that a half turn of a screwdriver was all it took. On the other hand, saws and trowels might be in order.


New Resources:

9-Way Thinking

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9-Way Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool offering a rich process for evaluation, editing and improvement of work and performance.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Evaluation QCI Edit
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9-Way Thinking PowerPoint

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9-Way Thinking PowerPoint A Thinking Tool Template in PowerPoint for 9-Way Thinking.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, All Ages, Any Subject

Tags: Evaluation Edit
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Writing Think Sheet - Modal Verbs

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Writing Think Sheet - Modal Verbs A Think Sheet to consolidate and deepen use of modal verbs.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, English, Junior

Tags: Modal Verbs Grammar
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What is Coaching?

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What is Coaching? An Article that once and for all might define what coaching could be. Sometimes.

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Educators

Tags: Coaching Mentoring Integrative Coach Mentor

4 Way Thinking

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4 Way Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool offering a simple way to structure mastery and deeper understanding, using subject content.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Junior

Tags: Differentiation Mastery
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Writing Think Sheet - Subordinate Clause

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Writing Think Sheet - Subordinate Clause A Think Sheet to help develop mastery with subordinate clauses.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, English, Junior

Tags: Subordinate Clause Writing
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Books:

The Question Book
by Krogerus and Tschäppeler

The Question Book <br>by Krogerus and Tschäppeler Over 600 questions - poignant, pragmatic and peculiar - that give a broad insight into your own beliefs and behaviours as well as providing useful starting points for coaching conversations.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Books, Professional Development

Tags: Questions Coaching

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Seldom Asked Questions App
Based on The Question Book

Seldom Asked Questions App <br> Based on The Question Book

An App from Roman Tschäppeler and Mikael Krogerus, authors "The question book".

"There are frequently asked questions, ie questions that everyone asks. When getting to know about: "What do you do for a living?". And there are seldomly Asked Questions, questions that one is too rare, but in the answer to truly get to know people. For example, "When did you last do something for the first time?". SAQ is a collection of such questions. The app is the perfect game for the first acquaintance, for the social round with old friends, for long-term relationships or new liaisons."

www.saq-app.com

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Categories: App, Websites

Tags: Questions



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