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Metaphor Practice

The communication style in Japan, is typically high context and indirect. It means the Japanese people take care of relationship and harmony, so they often do not use straight and direct words. Although the Metaphor is a quite effective skill generally, it’s very powerful in these situations especially. 
The metaphor is a kind of the visual and real expression of the situations or experiences, not the description nor explanation by some words. Then, it’s rather effective sharing the real feeling or image of the experiences. Although the metaphor is quite useful and powerful skill, it should be trained in the usual conversations intentionally. Learning the impressive and easy understanding metaphor, practicing to get the words out again and again, creating their own metaphors of something like “chaotic work environment”, “brilliant success”, “disappointment” and so forth. And it is also quite important that if the metaphor does not hit to the coachee or the member, the coach or leader should not stick on to his own metaphor any more, and he has to try something else.

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Big Impact of Articulating

The articulating is one of the powerful coaching skills that can utilize in the business conversations. This coaching skill is also called longer name “Articulating what’s going on.” During the careful listening focusing on the whole person, may be one of the team members, the leader sometimes feels a kind of sense of awareness or something like intuition. The articulation is the ability putting the word simply or speaking out that feeling frankly. Sometimes telling him what is going on at that time or frank look of him. The important things are he often can’t see himself or an expression on his face. Or perhaps he can see details but not the whole picture.
With the articulation, the leader should share the observations frankly and clearly but without any judgement. The leader sometimes needs to tell him a kind of hard truth in order that the member find out the best and realistic solution or selection.

The effective articulating power is that the member can aware the unconscious feelings or facts, then he will not aware that by himself eventually without that articulation. Utilizing the big power of articulation, the leader has responsibility to articulate what he sees, but at the same time, as with all of coaching skills, not feel attached to being right about it. The articulating to boldly say what the leader sees without needing to be right, it could be empowered the member and could be pulled out his unconscious possibility. That’s why the articulating is powerful.  

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Career Selection with Coaching

A career selection is one of the most critical subjects not only for the organizations but also for the individuals. In the general business field most of leaders and managers have a kind of career interview or individual development planning conversations. However, how much individuals are satisfied with their careers or development plans? Did each team member get it? Some of leaders may have explained only the organizational situations or circumstances.

In the discussion of their career planning or personal development, the coaching method is a quite powerful tool, and is also effective way for deepening the collaborative relationship between leader and team member. The leader’s most critical attitude is believing the member’s capabilities and possibilities, like NCRW; People are Naturally Creative Resourceful and Whole. Then the leader should focus on the whole person of the member, not on the daily business issues. The leader had better give his gentle and supportive look to the member’s happy whole life, not only for the business. Thinking about the frank feeling about his career connecting with his happy whole life, he can choose his coming career near future as his own resonant selection. If he believes that his selection with resonance making with his own intentions and convinced life purpose, he must move forward his daily business and life, with steadiness and fulfilment. 
To keep the team member’s motivation higher is one of the critical essences for the leadership. And that’s why the resonant career conversations through coaching method is the most essential hint presenting the leader’s deep feelings to his members. 

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A Life Purpose and Business Goals

In the business field, most of the people have any kind of business goals. However, how much people have been convinced that the goals set for themselves? Unfortunately, lots of people feel that the goals have set by their boss in spite of their own intentions. Then, they are not able to work on the goals earnestly and completely. They might not have the high motivation achieving the goals. As a result, the goals will not be achieved and both boss and he will feel unacceptable stress in their workplace.
On the other hand, how do you think about another situation? People have the clear Life Purpose that set for themselves, and understand the linkage between his life purpose and his business goals. In this excellent case, people work positively, creatively and vigorously with high motivation, then they may achieve the goals.
The deference between two situations above could be definitely large. And it’s quite obvious that the role of the leader or manager is critically important. The leader or manager should be involved supporting to make clearer his staff’s life purpose. Then, additionally it’s extremely key identifying the linkage of his life purpose and his challenging business goals. In these series of situations, co-active Model: relationship and coaching method, could be really helpful. The average leader or manager usually focus on only the business goals and how to make the goals in the conversations with his staff. On the other hand, the efficient leader or manager will focus on not only the business goals of his staff, but also his staff’s life purpose or desiring life. It could be not easy sharing the desiring whole life outside the business. However, it’s critically depending on the relationship between leader or manager, and his staff. That’s why, the quality of the relationship between leader and subordinate is critically influential for the subordinate’s motivation, then to the business outcome. Besides, the co-active model: relationship and coaching, is one of the reliable and helpful option building up the higher quality of relationship in their workplace. 

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Evoke Transformation

Final cornerstone is the ultimate goal in the co-active model, and it is “Evoke Transformation” with the coachee. The common purpose of the collaborative conversation in co-active model is the coachee’s full and best life. The topic of the coaching will likely be something quite specific that is a kind of part of coachee’s life that the coachee is focused on, or is facing in the timing: new job, promotion, working condition, improved fitness, or execution on a business plan. Actually, some coachees may have their attention only on the specific goal for that specific topic. On the other hand, the coach sees not only the specific topic that the coachee brings, but also the fully connected life. The coach should have the pure desire to realize the coachee’s best, resonant and tasteful life. Then the coach structures the practical connection of the specific topic and the desired potential. These kind of positive, wide perspective and resolute engagement of coaching will bring the breakthrough awareness: a new strength, a renewed capability, a wide range of options, to the coachee. It seems like that they have real experience finding muscles they didn’t know they had or had forgotten they had. Then by taking a stand for the greatest possible impact from even the smallest action, coaches encourage, and ultimately “evoke transformation”.
Although Co-Active model originally designed for the professional coaching, it can be changed the daily conversations at work with a colleague as well as a son or a daughter. No doubt we were busy focusing on resolving a particular issue. But think again, with the advantage of hindsight, how the conversation might have changed if we are conscious of the four cornerstones.  
How does the quality of the conversation change when we start with a belief that the coworker, son, or daughter is naturally creative, resourceful, and whole? Capable? It’s possible the conversation might change from giving advice to being curious: asking more questions and inviting the resourcefulness of that other person. The awareness will be shift from daily business or issue itself to the someone’s hopeful life with the great possibility. 
The ability to dance with whatever shows up is certainly a leadership competency; in today’s world of business, great agility is essential. Effective leaders display that quality in their work with others every day. Even the fourth cornerstone, “Evoke Transformation,” can be a resonant field in which the conversation takes place. That brief conversation has the potential to affirm that colleague, son, or daughter in ways that reverberate long after the presenting issue has been handled.
Then, of course, we don’t need to be conscious for four cornerstones in every conversation. We can use them in addition to the usual conversations, problem solving mind-set, or logical discussion situationally, to get the conversation wider and deeper, then to evoke drastic transformation ultimately.

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Dance in this moment

A conversation is a powerful and dynamic interchange between people. Although it is natural to pay attention to the content of the conversation: the words, the positions, the ideas, there is much more going on in every moment. Every conversation creates tone, mood, nuance in addition to the content. There is as much information, sometimes more in how the words are said; sometimes there is more information in what is not said than what is said.
The third cornerstone of four cornerstones in co-active model is “Dance in this moment”. This means the importance and possibility of dynamic conversation focusing on the moment, THIS moment, and then the next moment. For that, it is critically essential listening intently at many levels, and of course, choosing when and how to respond, to intervene. They should be with no plan, no scenario, no preparation. 
To “dance” is to respond from a co-active core meaning both “co” as in collaborative, and active, moving the dance forward. In a truly co-active conversation there are moments when the coach leads the dance, moments when the coachee leads the dance, and moment when it is not clear at all who is leading and who is following.
The perfect dance should be lose the designation of leader and follower in a place of tuned in to each other and in a place of frank but trusted. 
The synergy of their synchronized dance should be utilized only for the coachee’s learning and discovery.