In coaching, we work with our clients to set goals and find ways to have new results in their lives. At the March ICFNE Maine Affiliate program "Beyond Goals", I got an insight into just how complex and nuanced that can be.
The ICFNE Maine Affiliate program in March was a facilitated discussion based on the book Beyond Goals: Effective Strategies for Coaching and Mentoring by by Susan David and David Clutterbuck.
This interactive session gave me a lot to think about, as I realized the limitations of my own preferences and practices, and how they might also limit my clients.
I left with more questions than answers:
· Are stretch goals motivating or overwhelming?
· Am I motivated by moving towards a positive result or avoiding a negative result?
· Are specific and measurable goals focused and results oriented or too narrow to make a real difference?
· Are simple and obvious goals just good common sense or a way to avoid exploring and understanding nuanced options?
· Are goals always useful in an increasing complex world?
· Are goals set by others more or less motivating than goals we set for ourselves?
· As an individual, are there options for goal setting that I should have in my tool kit, that aren’t my normal and familiar way?
· As a leader, how can I expand my awareness and practice to use different approaches with different people and groups?
· As a coach, how can I partner with clients so they are the best they can be at setting and achieving goals?
· As a coach trainer and mentor, how do I teach and assess a coach’s ability to partner with their clients?
A big part of the awareness from this program is that my own preferences for goals creates a powerful bias in how I act and how I judge others. With that awareness comes the desire to pull together a diverse set of people to explore this with me - to get “up close and personal” with different perspectives, motivations, and practices.
These are questions that I will be bringing to my own participation in the next PCC Master Class.
This winter I set a goal for myself. To photograph and share the biggest snow bank I could find here in Maine. Here's the winning entry.
That's my 6ft 2in tall husband standing next to our Suburban in a parking lot in Camden, ME.