Thinking about your Thinking (TAYT)
TAYT is a phrase that captures so much about what I do. It applies to what I do in coaching, facilitation and training. If I hear a client saying 'that made me think' or 'I am thinking differently' or 'I did not realise how my thinking was preventing me from...' then I take that as evidence of that something has worked for them. The crucial inclusion of the word 'your' in TAYT reflects that I don't simply expect to work on the cognitive aspect. I also enjoy inviting my clients to reflect on their feelings and emotions which are so often based on a subconscious response based on deeply held values and principles. My coaching and facilitation is informed and enriched by being in tune with how I am responding to other people's thoughts and feelings and, when the time is right, inviting people to reflect on how I am responding to their thinking.
I have described how TAYT is about helping groups of people to develop self-awareness, helping them to be better self-coaches. I also enjoy working with groups of people to help their understanding of how to adopt a coaching approach with their peers, managers and managees. I have given a number of presentations on both these topics to clients and to the general public. The accumulative benefit of having a small influence over coaching skills development of groups rather than individuals is significant. It's something that I am pleased to be involved in!
If you would like to know more about my TAYT approach have a look at a blog post you will find through this link. Keep an eye out for twitter (@alpamayocoach) and LinkedIn posts (#TAYT) detailing events where I will be speaking.