Strengths Blog Posts

An acknowledgement recognizes the whole of the person, both who they are being and what they are doing. It does so in specific and evocative language that feels true to both the giver and receiver. An acknowledgement is more a statement of a shared reality than a judgement. It focuses slightly more on who the person is being than on what they are doing.

The Power of Acknowledgement - Alison Whitmire

Acknowledgement of the client is every bit as important (maybe more so) as asking powerful questions, active listening, or planning and goal setting. Acknowledgement is a foundational element of the coach/client relationship that builds the trust and intimacy needed to do the rest of the work.

What are you planning to do differently in 2017? Some of us welcome this calendar-prompted pause to reflect; others of us find this question daunting, or even a nuisance. Our clients are being asked to set goals for the new year, so coaching conversations may naturally turn to this topic right now.