Coaching Snapshot Session - Resistance - when clients don't want to be helped

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Date of event: 9 November 2016
Event ends: 9 November 2016
Start time: 16:00
End time: 20:30
Price: £150+VAT (10% discount for Henley alumni & current students)
Coaching Snapshot Session - Resistance - when clients don't want to be helped

Join us for the Snapshot Session on Wednesday 9 November 2016. This Snapshot session is on Resistance – when clients don’t want to be helped.

Whilst some people thrive on coaching, others treat it with some trepidation, if not downright mistrust. There is frequently misunderstanding about what coaching is and what it is not – it very much depends on how it is positioned in the organisation, as remedial or developmental.  It is particularly tricky when it is the top performers in the organisation who say they don’t want to be coached.

This session will look at how we can recognise resistance, and whether the client is even aware of it. Where does it come from, and how can we uncover our client’s concerns? During the session we will explore how resistance impacts us, as coaches, how do we feel, and how do we manage our own state in this context – and we wonder, who is resisting whom? What issues does this raise for the coaching relationship, and how can we prevent the relationship breaking down?

And we will explore how a coach can respond, using some strategies and techniques for working with resistance.

Key learning objectives include:

  • What is resistance?
  • How else might we understand resistance?
  • How can we recognise resistance? – in our client or ourselves
  • What are its effects on us as coaches?
  • Can you have real change without it? – a different way of framing resistance
  • How can we respond? – strategies and techniques for working with resistance

This session will be delivered as a workshop, including plenty of discussion and peer-interaction.  With the group Alison will explore resistance as a metaphor – asking the question ‘how else might we understand it?’  She will  include some exercises around resistance, to get to the heart of the matter, as well as introducing some specific approaches to dealing with it, allowing time for experimentation and practice with one-another.

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