Dancing with Diversity: The Coaching Conversation as a Collaborative Framework for Embracing Unexpected Pathways to Meaningful Outcomes
We live in a world of multifarious perspectives, complex interrelationships and at times, competing values, traditions and ways of knowing. While engaging with diverse views can enrich our experience of life and engender new relationships it can also trigger dispositions that impede our capacity to dialogue with others openly, empathetically and non-judgmentally. While numerous theories offer valuable methods for improving interpersonal discourse with un-likeminded others, this presentation focuses on the nature of conversational dialogue as practiced by many professionals in the executive, team and life coaching field and what this model has to offer in the way of principles and tools for enhancing mutually respectful discourse and meaningful outcomes in a diverse environment. The research is based on semi-structured interviews with professional coaches and coach trainers who describe the qualities and skills associated with approaching interpersonal communication from a state of non-judgmental flow as well as the obstacles inherent in consistently generating the level of competency necessary to facilitate this improvisatory-like discursive dance.
Keywords: Coaching, Communication, Flow, Collaboration, Creativity
Candidate, Ph.D., Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Florida Atlantic University