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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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Coaching Relationship

The relationship in the co-active coaching provides the great and essential hint to build up the collaborative relationship in the business. Although there will be significant differences in each situation, all coaching focuses on the context of intentional relationship. The professional coach starts with the deep understanding of the coachee, the person being coached, who is in the unique life and work situation, with unique goals and desire for change, unique abilities, unique interests and even unique habits of sabotage. Then he is able to have the series of conversation with pure curiosity, about the theme that the coachee addressing, like life style shift, career change, leadership, performance improvement, health and well being issues. Through these conversations, there is no common guidelines, blueprints or templates. Coaching is inherently dynamic and personal that creates a unique, empowered relationship for desiring change.
Especially in co-active coaching, the peer relationship is emphasized. Coach and coachee have equal, though different, roles. They are co-active in the relationship, so they are collaborators, working together for the benefit of the coachee. In this peer relationship, the mentality of the coach must make the shift from “I’m powerful” to “the coaching relationship is powerful”, then all the power of the relationship between coach and coachee will make a maximum contribution only for the ultimate transformation that coachee desiring. The essence of these co-active relationship is sure to be the great reference or hint when they implement the collaborative relationship in to the business, like conversations between leader, manager and member, subordinate. 

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Coaching in the Business

Taking the Co-Active like collaborative communication in to the business, coaching method may be one of the simple first step. Although the co-active coaching model has a lot of components and tools totally, several parts can utilize in the real business situation as easy and practical implementation. Shifting from the traditional top to down business protocol to the collaborative one, starting to believe the capabilities of the member is essential. Empowering the member means to believe the member’s potential capabilities, then to find them out creatively and effectively. So, the coaching method can utilize as powerful, helpful hints and tips.
In the coaching type relationship, the being of the coach or leader has to be quite important. They must be present: respect, openness, compassion, empathy, and a sincere commitment to speaking the truth. They assume strength and capability, not weakness, helplessness, or dependence. They assume a deep desire to give the best and pursue potential. The most critical belief for the coach or leader is that every situation has possibilities and that people really do have the power of choice. It shifts the conversation from simply analyzing and problem solving to working together more effectively and learning to be more resourceful so that future issues are actually easier to address because the relationship is resilient and creative.

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Co-Active way in the Business

     
     
In the unprecedented paradigm shift, leadership or management style had to be changed from legacy top to down to a new cooperation with the partnership.
Co-Active is a kind of coined word developed and promoted by CTI: Co-Active Training Institute in US, as a coaching method over the 20 years. In the long and global implementation of the model, Co-Active has been not only for coaching method, but also has been utilized as a co-active based conversations, relationship, leadership or partnership. They all look through the lens of the co-active way. Then the co-active way is a way of effectively empowering people to find their own answers, encouraging and supporting them on the path as they continue to make important choices collaboratively.
Let’s imagine the typical example in the mission-critical project situation. The team leader has many ways to have the conversation. One way is a kind of the traditional one. Asking for a report, analyze the situation, and then provide work direction. Then here’s a different way, a way that is more co-active, collaborative. For the team leader it involves empowering the team member who may be much closer to the actual issues, possibly brainstorming alternative action steps and agreeing on a course of action. In this way the nature of relationship shifts, the context for the conversation is more inclusive and more empowering. It is a kind of invitation to see there is a choice and each has a different impact. There is a wider range of leadership responses available. In this fast-paced world of work, the pressure is on to create more engaged, more proactive, and more empowered members. Waiting for a higher authority or escalating decision making impedes teams that need the agility to respond to chaotic and complex situation. Creating and supporting a co-active way of working together delivers on the imperative and creates a culture of resilience and resourcefulness.