When at first they don't want to change: Shared lessons from Addiction Therapy and Agile Coaching

schedule Jul 30th 01:30 - 02:15 PM place EN203 L80

The easy case for coaching looks something like this: a prospective coachee wants to change, can articulate their goals, and is matched up with a suitably experienced and competent coach, the two are a good fit, and they quickly get down to the challenging yet rewarding business of growth and change.

But what if a person (or team) doesn't want to change and would rather not be coached? And despite this an external power deems that change is needed and that coaching will bring this change about. What's a coach to do? What about the coachee(s)? What about the role of the client who's engaged the coach?

This situation is not uncommon, and bears more that a passing resemblance to what often goes on in addiction treatment. A person with a drug addiction (and often other problems) doesn't necessarily welcome therapeutic intervention at the outset. But an external authority has ordered it.

In this session we will explore the parallels between the two modalities of addiction therapy and coaching, including the applicability of the Transtheoretical Model of Change and the related technique of Motivational Interviewing.

These approaches offer insights into how to flex and adapt your coaching approach in the face of some of the most common human impediments to change.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Talk

  1. Introduction: The human side of change (and several ways to undermine it)
  2. The Transtheoretical Model of Change
  3. Application: Motivational Interviewing in Addiction Therapy
  4. Facilitated discussion: Parallels with Agile coaching
  5. Conclusion: Summary and where to learn more

Learning Outcome

Participants will gain a basic conceptual understanding of the Transtheoretical Model of Change and of Motivational Interviewing, and their application to coaching reluctant coachees.

Target Audience

coaches, executives, managers, scrum masters

Prerequisites for Attendees

None

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