Being mindful is the antidote to functioning mechanically—the key to making conscious choices about how we coach and about how we live the short lives we are given. A cognitive approach to identifying and working with issues is very useful, but because behaviors are deeply rooted and often driven by assumptions and paradigms that we’re not even aware of, real change requires mindful and consistent practice over time.
In a recent coaching workshop, the participants and I reviewed a short list of coaching competencies with the goal that each person (including me) would choose one to develop. Since listening was so key and my listening had been suffering as a result of a distracting work environment and too much ...

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