Lynn Schoener 
May 15th, 2013
Lynn SchoenerAs a coach and consultant to organizations in transition, I work with leaders to develop coaching cultures and  improve employee satisfaction, team performance, and engagement.  My coaching work with individuals is designed to help them through...Read More

Expand the Landscape


We have visitors from Switzerland staying with us this week. They are unfamiliar with coaching, and so I used that opportunity to gather fresh insights into how they might use a coach.


"Well," said Peter, "I would not want to be told what I should do. I would want a coach to expand my options for action."


Ursula added, "Not only that, but expand how I am seeing my problem. What the coach notices that I am overlooking or not seeing completely."


In describing the purpose of coaching, the metaphor of helping a person get "unstuck" can be very descriptive. Sometimes, however, a coachable issue isn't about being stuck. There are situations when we need perspective, not traction. We can't, and shouldn't, move ahead unless and until we can see a larger landscape.


When a coachee gets, metaphorically speaking, "boxed in," use the coaching process to expand their experience of a difficult situation or challenging goal. With more light, air, and elbow room, they will discover new solutions.


Spring has officially and finally sprung...enjoy!



Copyright 2013 by Lynn Schoener



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