CORE INSIGHTS SERIES 2019
Self-discovery is the heart of coaching. It is a well-established educational principle that people will understand, value, and apply what you help them to discover, not what you tell them. But how do you get a person to that place of self-discovery? Powerful questioning is the key that unlocks the treasure chest of discovery, and those discoveries lead to a change in perspective – the intended outcome of good coaching.
In an answer-oriented society where people get paid not to ask questions, asking open-ended questions is often counter-intuitive to new coaches, but it’s the “art” part of coaching. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “If I had an hour to solve a problem, and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper questions to ask, for if I knew the proper questions, I would solve the problem in less than five minutes.” The ICF calls it “Powerful Questioning.” At Empowerment Coaching Network, we just call it “Asking Open-Ended Questions,” and it’s this core competency that we’ll be exploring together on June 11.
We’ll use the simple 3-part structure of:
1) What does it mean in coaching?
2) Why is it important?
3) How do you use it in coaching?
Join us on June 11th at 11am EST.
See you then.
This core competency event offers one (1) hour of ICF/BCC/CCNI continuing education.
Tim Cosby is the President of Empowerment Coaching Network, International, a company that helps companies solve their turnover and retention problems through coaching, training and consulting. Since 2010, ECNI has provided leadership development training for over 1,000 leaders.
Tim provides professional coaching to executive leaders in transition through Terra Nova, a company he formed in 2009. In 2012, Tim and his team were contracted to start and develop The Center for Empowerment Coaching at a local 4-year college in Grand Rapids, and served as their Executive Director from 2012 – 2015. He received his professional coaching certification (CCC) in 2012 and has served as a trainer and facilitator in over 75 workshops, while providing coaching and Mentor Coaching for students in ECNI’s Professional Coaching Certification Program.
He co-authored Coaching Based Ministry in 2011 and has published articles for several coaching magazines and organizations. Before entering into coaching he served as Chaplain at Cornerstone University.
He has lived in Grand Rapids since 1986 with his wife, Diane, enjoying their 4 children and spoiling their 8 grandchildren.