Developing skills to encourage reflection in others is useful for a coach or mentor. Reflection is a dynamic process, which enables you and your coachees to move forward and develop new ideas about, and understanding of, a situation. Reflection is a way of getting people to think or reflect about the way they did something or the way they experienced something. When you use your reflective process skills your coachee will be encouraged to evaluate these situations in a variety of ways, challenging their assumptions and experiences so that they can truly understand and bring new ideas and knowledge to any situation. Reflecting allows the coachee to ‘hear’ themselves as others perceive them.
For instance, when coaching a colleague ...