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Sustaining the Journey
Consciousness (February 2017)
February 15, 2017
Continuing this week is an exploration of powerful question strategies. The coach or the engaged participant begins by considering what State of Mind or Energy Source might be productive to mediate. If consciousness is chosen, a simple and reasonable place to start is to Invite Metacognition. This supports the coachee or the group by causing 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?
Questions from the Q Storming
What fears might (I) (we) need to set aside?
What story do (we) (I) want to tell?
Am I willing to do the work on myself to increase my own capacity to be in a thoughtful world?
What would our identity need to be to accomplish this goal?
Use this week as an opportunity to explore your own consciousness regarding the coaching decisions you are making or the meetings in which you are a participant. Take a few minutes to reflect on your decisions related to support functions, questions, States of Mind, Energy Sources, etc. Also be deliberate in asking questions that invite metacognition both for individuals and groups. Notice the effect of your questions.