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Sustaining the Journey

Cognitive Shift: Consciousness

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January 14, 2013

Continuing this week is an exploration of cognitive shift strategies.  The coach begins by considering what state of mind might be productive to mediate.  If consciousness is chosen, a simple and reasonable place to start is to Invite Metacognition.  This supports the coachee by taking him/her into a review of internal thought processes.  It enhances awareness and gives a mental picture of the mind’s inner workings, informing action.  Some examples of this strategy are:

How did you decide to…?

What do you know about yourself in situations like this?

How do your past experiences influence your thinking in this time?

Use this week as an opportunity to explore your own consciousness regarding the coaching decisions you are making.  Take a few minutes to reflect on your decisions related to support functions, questions, states of mind, etc.  Also be deliberate in asking questions that invite metacognition both for individuals and groups.  Notice the effect of your questions.

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