A communications system I call DYNAMIC INQUIRY emerged from my own work as a coach and a coach trainer.
It’s defined as a set of SKILLS in the COACH2 System I created in the first decade of my professional coaching career from 1988-98.
The first coaching conference that was offered publicly took place in Houston in 1996 ― there were 174 of us in attendance.
In a certification program I was attending in 1997-98 during which coaching entered into its “certification era” after we formed the ICF in 1996, I was challenged by other participants to “explain” my own professional model of coaching.
So, I wrote a book called COACH2 the Bottom Line: An executive guide to performance, change and transformation in organizations.
That was the beginning of COACH2… the core idea being that coaching always involves development in the coach as part of the process of coaching “performance, change, and transformation” with a person being coached.
During my first decade of coaching, I pretty much used my intuition and what KSEs [Knowledge, Skills, Experience] I had picked up since being an entrepreneur from age 14.
However, there were things that “stuck” and I will say to you the most important thing I ever did was to codify this model of my professional work ― and you should too!
Each of us has gifts to give and leave behind and COACH2 has been the core of mine.
In a previous email, which you can reread HERE, I reviewed the elements of COACH2, the last group, a set of six skills combined to guide DYNAMIC INQUIRY:
In my next note, I start with PING and walk you through why it’s important and what criteria distinguish it from other elements.
Just one reminder before I go.
DYNAMIC INQUIRY or DI is used to understand where someone “is” in their development journey and what is next for them in that journey.
Without that information, we can’t efficiently, effectively or sustainably “cue, support and scaffold” next for them!
See you soon,
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