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The Mindful Coach: Seven Roles for Facilitating Leader Development: New and Revised Edition by Doug Silsbee

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SELF-OBSERVATION

A key to building your skills as a coach is to cultivate the ability to observe yourself in action. Our clients will also require the ability to self-observe in order to cultivate new behaviors and options in relation to the challenges they face in their own lives as leaders of organizations and leaders of their own lives. Self-observation is foundational to everything that follows in this book.
While you are fully engaged with your client, a part of your mind stands slightly apart and detached: you are observing yourself and observing the client at the same time.4 This “observer mind” provides awareness in the moment and the vantage point from which to see many things, among them which Voice you are using and why. You experienced ...

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