Marilyn Atkinson's Blog Postings
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.
This year marks Erickson's 40-year anniversary pioneering coach training around the world.
American psychiatrist Dr. Milton Erickson, the namesake of Erickson Coaching International, was known for his unconventional approach to psychotherapy and his extensive use of therapeutic metaphors and stories. He called this approach Solution-Focused. A man of great optimism and faith, he frequently shared a moment from his childhood with students that later helped him develop this Solution-Focused counselling modality.