Marilyn Atkinson's Blog Postings
We are constantly receiving feedback. Sometimes it is given directly, sometimes indirectly. Sometimes the feedback is positive, and other times negative. If we are fortunate, the feedback helps us learn something about ourselves. However, feedback can sometimes create negative feelings and do little to improve our performance.
Imagine that you just received an unexpected complex problem and need to find a solution fast. You have never experienced this situation before. What is your approach? Most of us focus on the problem by asking questions such as: “Why do I have this problem? What shall I do to get rid of this problem? Are you sure this is my problem? Maybe it is someone else’s.” Before you know it, the challenge becomes bigger by the minute.
What makes a question powerful? First of all, a strong question assists us to go further in exploration. In contrast, any question that takes a person to the famous answer “because” tends to close off the conversation. Why? Because!
We are living in challenging times! At such a time, do you – a coach yourself – have a coach? Why does having a coach make such a difference? First, when the challenges are new, we need to think strategically – long-term all the way! We need to find our inner dreamer, our inner realistic planner, and our inner strategic explorer.
We all want to be great in our own way, yet things seem to get in the way. You get excited about a business idea yet have difficulties implementing it. You start an inspiring project only to lose focus halfway through and give up.
How many of you have stepped out to overview the COVID crisis from your own unique perspective as an Erickson Coach? We are in an extraordinary time, are we not? In such a time, we need ways to practice our best methodologies for building inner strength.
Erickson Coaching International is thrilled to announce that we will be presenting a series of online programs and meetings to honor Erickson’s 40th Anniversary. These will be offered free of charge as a gift to the Erickson community with the aim of facilitating your learning and growth.