OK – push back here – who decides if it is a bad answer? Also, who decides whether a bad answer is worth the learning experience?
So the answer to the question is this: when the client discovers their answer, the coach’s job is to ask questions about implementation and possible outcomes. This is how to empower the client to answer the push back questions for them self.
For example, the coach can ask:
- What is your thinking with this solution?
- What are the benefits to implementing this idea?
- What are the cons to implementing this idea?
- What is the best possible outcome?
- What is the worst possible outcome?
- What outcome do you want?
- What is your plan B?
- What will it take to get the outcome you want?
- What are your action steps to move forward?
- When during the process will you evaluate and adjust?
- How will you know it’s working?
Ultimately it is the client’s choice as to which solution they want to use, how they want to use it, and how they will manage evaluation, adjusting, and progress, It is the coach’s job to ask the questions so the client is empowered to think it through for them self.