Every month, we learn much from the participants and presenters we meet at ONEplace. In Just ONEthing… we highlight an insight gained during the past month from our nonprofit community and its partners.
This month’s insight comes from Mary Jo Asmus, President of Aspire Collaborative Services. In her recent workshop, Coaching for Breakthrough Performance, Mary Jo taught and demonstrated the power of focused attention.
Spending as little as ten minutes being focused on the other person and asking them open questions, allows the individual to peel back layers of understanding and discover more effective courses of action.
Unlike feedback which offers evaluation of previous acts or consulting which offers specific direction, coaching opens individuals to the insights and possibilities within themselves.
More specifically, coaching:
- Helps an individual visualize the current situation and desired future situation
- Restates and builds on an individual’s own insights to co-discover possible options
- Explores necessary tasks to remove barriers and achieve desired ends
- Ensures commitment of the individual to take action and be accountable
Find out more about Mary Jo, including her informative blog at aspire-cs.com.