Here are some extra coaching questions to help you discerning what’s within your control or influence and what is beyond your control or influence. In several of the categories I’ve included questions that are similar but take a slightly different perspective. Try them out and observe which types of questions support your learning and understanding.
Work out before you start what’s meaningful to you about this problem, challenge or opportunity:
- What makes it worthwhile to deal with?
If you’ve been mining your past experiences for learning and are looking for some additional inspiration or other types of questions, I’ve added some suggestions below. I suggest reading the list through to see which ones stand out or speak to you.
I’d love to hear your feedback about whether these questions helped your reflection, and if so, how they helped. Thank you!
Mining your past experiences
Remember: Critique and analysis of your past experiences, not criticism or condemnation...
In case you missed it, I recommend reading Suze Wilson’s article at The Conversation on 6 April: Three reasons why Jacinda Ardern’s coronavirus response has been a masterclass in crisis leadership
Wilson highlights principles and examples from Ardern’s recent leadership across the areas of communication, enabling people to cope with change and persuading many to act for the collective good. She also acknowledges that “not everything has been perfect in New Zealand’s or Ardern’s COVID-19 respo...
Have you ever been on a physio board – the one with the half ball underneath – and tried to balance? It takes constant work and concentration to balance, making small adjustments over time. It takes a combination of rigidity and flexibility, of control and responsiveness, and placing too much emphasis on one or the other won’t get you there.