The Symbiotic Relationship of Being and Doing

Cathy Liska

by Cathy Liska Cathy Liska

Newly trained and the more seasoned masterful coaches face similar complexities when dealing with clients.  How can a coach balance their own biases and beliefs in service to their clients?  A professional coach is called on to work with both the person as a whole and their action plans.

When the coaching includes both the being and the doing with a focus on the desired future, then long-term meaningful change that benefits the client is achieved.  How does a coach integrate both the being and doing in their coaching approach?

In Coaching Perspectives IX, the chapter on The Symbiotic Relationship of Being and Doing explores three different coaching approaches with the same client, the strategies, the impact, and the outcomes.  It includes sample questions and lists the wins and misses.

Questions in the chapter from the coaching approach that encompasses both the being and the doing include:

  • Describe the outcome you want.
  • What are your priorities?
  • What are your possible career paths?
  • In turn, imagine pursuing each. Describe moving forward in that career path.
  • What are you noticing about your process?
  • What are you noticing about yourself?
  • What skills do you want to develop?
  • What resources will you use?
  • What kind of leader do you want to be?
  • What are you learning through this process?
  • What does your long-term success mean to you?

For more examples and a deeper insight on working with the doing, the being, and both together, you can access the book on Amazon via


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