What’s in your coaching tool kit?
Once you get past the metaphorical answers; depending on the type of coach you ask you will get a common set of answers. A sports coach generally has a whistle, stopwatch, athletic tape, and a few sport specific items. A life coach may have some assessment forms. Most Agile coaches immediately reach for their stickies & markers (does anyone still call them Post-Its?).
I often hear the answer, The quintessential list of 500 Powerful Questions, but none could pull this out of their briefcase when asked. Although I have assembled a list shy of 100 questions, I don’t cary mine with me either.
Having the right tool for the job is essential. Improvisation and necessity may get the job done, but …
If you don’t have a personal coaching tool kit I strongly encourage you to start assembling one. Start with one or two simple familiar tools. Build your collection over time.
What do I cary in my tool kit?
My tool kit fits into a sandwich size ziplock and is as versatile as a Swiss Army knife.
- First, money talks, so I cary $1,000,000 in assorted (play) currency. Can you put a $ value on…?
- I have several card decks:
- My go to manipulative, as a Lego Serious Play facilitator, is an LSP window kit (ask, build, tell, reflect). This is the best tool I have found for getting traction with complex problems. What is your superpower?
I cary all of this in a Quart size ziplock in my briefcase.
Here is the important catch. If you are going to cary a tool, be sure you know how and when to use it. I cary these physical tools with me. BUT, just because I have them does not mean I always use them. In any coaching situation I first and foremost rely on my skills, and years of training and experience. I don’t let my tool kit become a crutch or a premature shortcut. I reach for these tools only when they are the right tools to help my client move forward.
What’s in your tool kit (and how do you use it)?