Most coaching approaches know “scaling questions” in different variations. Solution Focused Coaching uses them in order to help the client describe small differences on their way to their preferred future. These can be about signs of the preferred future already happening in the past or about signs of the preferred future that would tell the client they are moving forward. Scaling questions aren’t about measuring or about assessing or about identifying “steps” — in Solution Focus, they are about observation and description. They sound something like this:
As you can see, the questions are really helpful and act like a skeleton key – a key that fits all locks. The client can apply them easily to their unique situation. However, in ICF performance evaluations these types of questions are often labelled “standard” and “unresponsive to the client”. They can sound like the coach has their structure and format in their head and they are basically running through a script rather than listening and responding to the client, “dancing in the moment”
There is an easy fix for all standard questions.
Try this with other “standard” questions and see how this works. If you would like to discuss and experiment, why not join one of our free coaching meetups and exchanges:
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