Initially I went into the coaching circles course quite sceptical in terms of how much it would help me, but I quickly realized that the sessions were not there to only benefit me, but the colleagues around me and how I can help them passively without impairing their personal thoughts and judgement. The issue being discussed didn’t always matter which made the coaching circle more approachable, as it was a means to facilitate a person’s thinking in a broad sense.
The first session I attended was a difficult one as I’d never given that much thought to my sentence/ questioning structure, which in hindsight, is significantly important in the workplace.
The sessions have definitely helped me personally, and I have noticed how the sessions have affected the way I approach issues. Ranging from noticing people’s body language, tone of voice, to how I ask simple questions in a way to aid the person I’m conversing with to provide the information I need from them without pressuring. I also started to notice which of my managers would ask open ended questions in this way and how they’d been helping me since I’d started find the answers to the tasks they’d assigned me without me realizing.
Olga – I really appreciate that you’d taken out the time to do this for us, and you’ve done a fantastic job at facilitating these sessions and hopefully!! I will have managed to take on-board aspects of our sessions. You always knew when there was sufficient information to drive the conversation forward, and when we needed more time to explore the situations to allow the person with the problem think their issues through before answering the next phase. I highly recommend this course and your facilitation of it to those types who are stubborn/ sceptical (like me!).
Thanks you so much Olga, and all the best in the future!
Graduate Trainee, Global Insurance Company