For Choice Readers Part 3

Life-MappingTRANSITION AND TRANSFORMATION – COACHING MILITARY VETERANS AND MORE..

 

Part 3: Foundations – Attuning Deeply

Exercise for Empathy:

AttunementImagine….

In this exercise you will need to imagine whatever is closest to your reality.

For instance – If you have ONLY coached executives, imagine you were asked to fill in for another coach – you had very little warning and you agreed to do so because you needed to – you arrive on-site and find your client is a mechanic at a local factory – was just promoted to a supervisory position – yet she has NEVER supervised anyone – she only has a high school degree and most of her direct reports will be older than she and male.

  • Hold this scenario in your mind.
  • Notice any discomfort in your body.
  • Notice any thoughts of excitement – or fear –
  • Jot down how you might feel in that moment.

Different Scenario:

You were trained as a life coach and you are a VERY good life coach yet have only done one-on-one coaching and primarily women 50 . Due to some personal this year has been very challenging financially. You have the chance to coach a team of Biotech professionals at a start-up. They are mostly male- want team coaching – no one-on-one sessions and are between the ages 24 – 34. You have taken on this assignment as you feel deep down you can do it. Yet when you start you immediately realize that YES you have the RIGHT Stuff, yet WOW – this is not anything like you have done

  • Hold this scenario in your mind.
  • Notice any discomfort in your body.
  • Notice any thoughts of excitement –
  • Jot down how you might feel in that moment.

One last scenario if the two above do not resonate with you.

Imagine you were awarded the chance of a lifetime coaching contract – overseas. Everything looked right. You were told about the clients prior to the engagement. All the itinerary was shared and you agreed upon it. You arrive – settle into the hotel and the translator is nowhere to be found. You do not speak the language – well not well enough. And since coaching is confidential you must find a translator who will sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) within the next 24 hours. You know you are competent. You are excited. You figure you might be able to get through a session or two on your own. The first day you arrive at the office where you are to meet your clients. They are very apologetic about the translator – oh and also about a switch in clients. You have 10 minutes to go over new intake forms and cannot seem to make heads or tails about your clients need. You are in a foreign land – metaphorically and truthfully.

  • Hold this scenario in your mind.
  • Notice any discomfort in your body.
  • Notice any thoughts of excitement – or fear – jot down how you might feel in that moment.

 

 

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