Claire writes: “Partnership is the area where I am doing most learning this year. There will be a whole chapter about it in the book (Simplifying Coaching [McGraw Hill] – coming out December 2020).
In a one to one, the concept of partnership brings great insights into who does the work in the room. If I do all the work and lead the conversation my way, why would you do much? Moving to a coaching style that’s in partnership means that the thinker will need to go and process in a coffee shop afterwards. Although deep listening takes energy, I’d love you to be skipping off down the corridor! That learning can be applied in any kind of one to one – even review and appraisal!
The first step? Contract together in every conversation – what are we doing? how shall we do it? how will we know we have done it? If your colleague is reluctant to be there – how will we know at the end that this has been a productive use of our time? Or even – how will we know at the end that this hasn’t been a waste of time.
Making the conversation work is a shared responsibility!”
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