USE OF SELF: INCREASE YOUR EFFECTIVENESS WITH CLIENTS
When we work with clients or groups, we bring ourselves with us - our intentions, our assumptions, the theories that we've learned. It can be very valuable to reflect on our own practice in order to improve our craft, to be a more effective coach, consultant or intervenor.
Use of Self: Increase your effectiveness with clients
Limited to 10 people, first come, first serve (we hope to replicate this program so more people can participate)
Have you heard this before? "The success of an intervention is dependent on the inner state of the intervenor.” Bill O’Brien, the late CEO of Hanover Insurance.
When we work with clients or groups, we bring ourselves with us - our intentions, our assumptions, the theories that we've learned. It can be very valuable to reflect on our own practice in order to improve our craft, to be a more effective coach, consultant or intervenor. This inquiry is often called "Use of Self" or "Self as Instrument" - and that's what this program is designed for.
There is a two-fold purpose to this program:
To help a client work through an organizational challenge
For you to learn about your "use of self" and to improve your craft
We have 2 non-profit Executive Directors who are bringing an organizational challenge to the BFR. This is similar to the Collaborative Coaching program that we've run in past years, except this time we'll only have 2 clients. So we’ll have 2 groups of 5 consultants each (10 total).
Registration is first come, first serve - open to the first 10 people who register. We hope to replicate this program a few times with a different client each time - and a different group of BFR members, so that more of you can participate.
We did a pilot of this 2 months ago and it was very successful; the client reported:
When Abby asked if I'd like to attend a session where the consultants were exploring "use of self," I jumped at the opportunity. It did not disappoint! Abby and the other consultants provided me with a safe space to challenge my assumptions and think about my problem in new ways. I believe the consultants' differing styles allowed me to make more progress in three hours than I would have in more time with only one consultant. I would love to bring another problem of practice to a workshop like this again!
The consultants said: Thank you for facilitating the session on Tuesday. I experienced great learning from the other coaches – listening to their questions and how they framed the questions. I was also able to look at myself and explore my own curiosity for understanding the backstory and the challenges the client is dealing with.