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Inspiring Leaders Workshop Series 2017 - Coaching Conversations
Wed. 9 August 2017, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm AEST
(This workshop is part of the Inspiring Leaders Series 2017)
In a conversation, people listen to each other and gain knowledge of the others’ perspectives and points of view. Actually listening and hearing what the other person has to say is a real art. We think we listen, but in fact the moment the other person starts to talk, we begin to formulate our response to it, and often interrupt them in order to have our say. This kind of conversation occurs in organisations every day, almost all day. It’s only when the listener waits to fully hear what the other person is saying, and then responds in a way that the speaker knows they have been heard, that a true conversation unfolds. It’s only when the listener reflects and asks a powerful question of the speaker, that a coaching conversation begins; that’s when both the content and the relationship go deeper. When everyone in an organisation understands that coaching conversations elicit insight and discovery of owned solutions, then a powerful internal dynamic of acknowledgement and support has been achieved, which can, at times, be unstoppable.