Clients are in transition. They want to make a move. Sometimes, clients want to step into a position of more responsibility where they are, and make an impact there. And the question is—how can they do it? Other clients are stuck and they don’t see a way out. Some clients have been pushed aside, and terminated. Where will they go, and how is it possible to be resilient in such circumstances?
As a coach, my challenge is to attend to the client and to listen carefully to the story being told. Then to ask questions that are provocative and helpful, so that the client is better able to make a successful transition. In our everyday experience, such conversations are not common. Too often, our conversations are like a tennis match – you speak, I speak; you speak, I speak. Such conversations remind me of a tennis volley. No one is really listening. Instead, each is focused on returning the next volley and scoring a point.
For clients in transition, the objective is that they understand the way forward. Why are they in transition, and where are they headed? How do they see themselves, and how do others see them? What is the client’s story, and what might it be? Along the way, I draw from my life experience and my contacts to help my clients make a successful transition.
As a lawyer, I am well aware of how many of us are too “heady”, prizing analysis above all. The cost of dong that is that many of us are unaware of mood and emotion, ignorant of what the body can tell us and how the body can inform us on our way forward. Part of what I do is to help the client integrate the brilliance of the mind and the wisdom of the body. I do that as a certified somatic coach.