For the sake of discussion, let’s look at the combination of acknowledgments and appreciations. The former, for what you did;For the sake of discussion, let’s look at the combination of acknowledgments and appreciations. The former, for what you did;and the latter, for who you are.
There are good reasons why ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS are part of the Core Competencies in coach training programs, the main reason being that a lot of energy is transferred from the coach to the client. In the case of APPRECIATIONS, the energy may be directed at one’s self, at another, or at the world we live in.
Let’s explore what are good acknowledgments and appreciations and what are misplaced ones. Here are some of the important questions that we ask:
- What is a good A A and what is a bad one?When to give an A A?
- What’s the difference between an A A and flattery?
- How do we learn to give an appropriate A A?
- As clients, how do we train our coach to give us a good one?
- As coaches, how do we intuit what would be a good A A?