It sounds such a simple thing to just listen, to listen with respect, with interest, fascination and unconditional regard, this is what underpins all good quality coaching. A good coach should listen to you, listening to understand you and your circumstances.
As Nancy Klein perceptively states, listening ‘Ignites the human mind. The quality of your attention determines the quality of other peoples’ thinking’
Through careful listening the outlook of a coachee can be transformed, not through the imposition of the coaches vision, but through the process of being truly listened to and truly understood. And when the outlook is transformed, so is the ability to achieve what might previously only have been an aspiration.