The power of 3 is used in all sorts of ways in our daily lives. The Rule of Three states that ideas or stories presented in threes are more memorable to the listener. Emergency phone numbers often have 3 digits and when creating stories, we are advised to think in terms of ‘beginning, middle and end’. Peter Mohan has spent over 15 years working with leaders and teams in a wide range of business sectors, the power of 3 has shown up repeatedly. My intention with this Power of 3 Series is to share some simple ideas that touch on a number of key areas of day-to-day interactions in today’s organisations.
Following up on the initial Power of 3 Series article on coaching, the power of 3 is also used when checking up front if coaching is the right option for the potential coaching client. Reflecting on key factors influencing the effectiveness of coaching sessions, I now tend to pose the following 3 questions when I first meet a potential coaching client:
- Is there an area that you want to change or develop?
- Are you open and curious re learning in relation to that area?
- Are you committed to following up on actions between coaching sessions?
In my experience, if the answer to each of these questions is a strong YES, then there is the potential for great coaching work. If there are caveats in the answers to these questions, it is best to explore these upfront and then decide whether or not coaching is the best option at this time for the person involved.
If you are working in an organisation and you are either thinking of coaching for yourself or thinking of recommending coaching for a colleague, it may be useful for you to reflect on these questions before you make contact with a potential coach.