A Courage Coach Asks

A Courage Coach asks: “What kind of work/life represents your heart’s passion?” Then the coach:

  • Leads people to live in “breakthrough thinking”—visible changes in human behavior.
  • Designs goals to get us out of the intent that keep them in their existing skill-set (instead of being able to think, plan and act from what will produce a breakthrough).
  • Creates a vision based on a new future (breakthrough goals are the key to the coaching relationship).
  • Understands the process of dialogue, where dialogue is a conversation in which there is a free flow of meaning in a group and diverse views and perspectives are encouraged.
  • Understands distinctions in communication styles (incorporates the five linguistic speech acts).
  • Integrates assessment tools to appreciate “what makes you tick,” how to “manage-up” in the workplace, how to listen better, or to move through change.
  • Accentuates the strengths to “step up to the next courage level” based on the Ancient Chinese Proverb: “He who hesitates before each step spend his life on one leg.” (a coach does not focus or deal with psychological therapy or emotional pathologies like a therapist).
  • Coach asks: Who or what is your internal adversary that undermines your courage?


I presented May 11, 2017 “Courage—An INside Job!” to the International Coaching Federation Colorado

Comments from ICF evening…the most valuable part of the evening with Sandra:

  • The Source Wheel provided by Sandra – great take home
  • Connecting/having great conversation with other attendees
  • I always love having someone present a new way of thinking
  • Shift in definition of courage
  • Sandra: Thank you!
  • The visual of the paper for courage.
  • Sandra’s presentation
  • Discussion on courage was stimulating