Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Self-Discovery in Coaching, Part 1: On Assessment and Wild Analysis

Lately I have had a few new clients start at the same time, and so have been reflecting on my process in the early stage of working with a client.  Unrelatedly, I was also recently reading about Freud's concept of "wild analysis" which is the act of revealing to a patient upon first hearing their difficulties, the doctor’s interpretation or speculation of the person’s unconscious material.  Freud cautioned against wild analysis:
"Any attempt to bowl the patient over at first consultation, by suddenly
revealing to him the secrets interpreted by the doctor is reprehensible
in terms of technique, and usually punished by deep hostility on the
part of the patient and an end to any further chance of influencing him." 

Freud was, of course, referring to psychoanalysis, and often very troubled patients, but the caution to avoid wild analysis got me thinking about two things. 
  1. Does the use of assessment at the beginning of coaching thwart self-discovery? 
  2. What impact would "wild analysis" have in the initial chemistry meeting with a client?            
In coaching, as in psychotherapy, the most effective learning the client makes is through self-discovery, rather

Monday, 7 July 2014

Overcoming New Job Challenges: A Discussion at Talent Futures Emerging Leaders Forum

Last year I created the Emerging Leaders Forum for women on the cusp of executive leadership.  We meet every other month for discussion and peer coaching.  Last week our topic was Lessons from Experience: Transitioning into a New Role.  Since we began the forum last November, roughly half of our members have experienced this challenge.  Here's a summary of what all of the forum members have learned over the years when starting a new role.  I've included some links to helpful articles on various topics.

What's the hardest part about starting a new job?

  • The job spec is never accurate!