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The Coaching Question - Gregor Findlay, Sarah Turner EPISODE 7, 15th December 2020
Why should we bother with a systemic approach and constellations in coaching?
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Why should we bother with a systemic approach and constellations in coaching?

The question here is “Why should we bother with a systemic approach and constellations in coaching?” 

We’re joined by the birds singing outside Sarah’s window in this episode! Listen in to this episode if you are interested in learning more about what systemic coaching is and how systemic constellations as a technique works in practice.  You will be particularly interested in this episode if you are keen to understand how other factors in your life/work might be impacting on you - how you feel and how you perform at work.

Since recording, we came across this page which helps us see what systemic constellations are in coaching (as opposed to family therapy where it comes from)

https://www.coaching-blog.com/overview-of-systemic-constellations/

It’s important to remember that “We belong in systems, we join systems and we leave systems”. Part of a coach’s role is to help a coachee zoom out so they can see the system they are in.

The team talk through some examples to demonstrate how constellations work in practice and Sarah introduces a question “What is one step for better that would free up the system?” 

Sarah talks about physical constellations or ‘sculpting’, which is also a very useful technique in coaching supervision, and how all sorts of things can be surfaced.

In teams, we talk about the outside-in and future-back approach, using more systemic questions, e.g. Who does your team serve? What will they require differently from you in the future?” “What will you regret in two years’ time not having addressed?” and one of Gregor’s favourite questions “When you are successful as a team, what will they (your stakeholders) be doing differently?”

We also explore when HR should be looking for a systemic approach from their coaches.

Sarah reminds us how whiteboards on Zoom and Teams can be a great enabler and just because we can’t meet physically doesn’t mean that you can’t work systemically with constellations. 

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