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ODSC Framework #25: The Shift – What’s Valuable?

Do you find yourself doing really powerful, deep work with your clients, but they’re just not connecting that powerful, deep work to what they consider valuable… which means they don’t end up seeing the value in the work you’re doing together?

If you haven’t set the context around value in the Open or the Drop (or you’ve changed subject in the Shift away from what you’ve already provided context for), it’s important to find out what’s at stake for the client, and connect it to the Shift they’re  experiencing now. Toku explains more in today’s video:

 

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See also the previous posts in this series:

Introduction

The Open – Context, The Open – Agreements, The Open – Building Rapport, The Open – Bad Coach Distortion, The Open – Creating Awe

The Drop – What’s it All About?, The Drop – Zoomin’ In and Out, The Drop – Don’t Believe Your Clients, The Drop – The Right Place

The Shift – Creating the Shift, The Shift – The Reveal, The Shift – The Transform, The Shift – The Commit, The Shift – Ownership – Acceptance, The Shift – Where Does It Come From?, The Shift – Where Does It End?, The Shift – Knowing Where You’re Going, The Shift – HighlightingThe Shift – Letting Things Land, The Shift – Using Embodiment, The Shift – Facilitation vs. Depth, The Shift – Klaus & Inner Buddha, and The Shift – Shifts with Context.

Practice: The Drug

You probably know by now that we’re serious about our practice here at the Dojo. We know from our own experience, and from the experiences of the Samurai Coaches who’ve walked the Dojo’s halls, that deliberate practice is the one thing that moves a practitioner from “good enough” to “mastery.”

But, it doesn’t mean we always have to BE so serious about the whole practice thing.

And so today we bring you something a little different…

And if you know someone who’d benefit from this message (whether for a laugh, or for the underlying principles we take seriously here), please share!

ODSC Framework #24: The Shift – Shifts with Context

Many of you may be successful in creating a single Shift in a session, but then struggle when trying to tie that shift to continuing work. This happens a lot in enrollment conversations, when you’ve had some success in facilitating Shift, but the potential client can’t envision what’s next when working with you: “I’m doing a lot of powerful work, but my clients just don’t get it,” or “They don’t see how valuable the work is. We had a great session, but they say they don’t need me any more.”

The challenge, and point of practice, is learning how to place the Shift that’s happening in the moment into a larger context… one that deepens that Shift further into their being, or extends it further into other areas of their lives.

 

See also the previous posts in this series:

Introduction

The Open – Context, The Open – Agreements, The Open – Building Rapport, The Open – Bad Coach Distortion, The Open – Creating Awe

The Drop – What’s it All About?, The Drop – Zoomin’ In and Out, The Drop – Don’t Believe Your Clients, The Drop – The Right Place

The Shift – Creating the Shift, The Shift – The Reveal, The Shift – The Transform, The Shift – The Commit, The Shift – Ownership – Acceptance, The Shift – Where Does It Come From?, The Shift – Where Does It End?, The Shift – Knowing Where You’re Going, The Shift – HighlightingThe Shift – Letting Things Land, The Shift – Using Embodiment, The Shift – Facilitation vs. Depth, and The Shift – Klaus & Inner Buddha.

ODSC Framework #23: The Shift – Klaus & Inner Buddha

Just as Toku’s last video described the tension between facilitative coaching and deep coaching, and how to combine both of these together to create Shift, today’s video talks about two different states of your being as a coach, and how the best opportunities from Shift are when we integrate the intuition of our inner selves with the coaching tools and techniques we’ve learned.

Get ready to be introduced to “Inner Buddha” and “Klaus”… two characters that are part of Toku’s being as coach…

 

See also the previous posts in this series:

Introduction

The Open – Context, The Open – Agreements, The Open – Building Rapport, The Open – Bad Coach Distortion, The Open – Creating Awe

The Drop – What’s it All About?, The Drop – Zoomin’ In and Out, The Drop – Don’t Believe Your Clients, The Drop – The Right Place

The Shift – Creating the Shift, The Shift – The Reveal, The Shift – The Transform, The Shift – The Commit, The Shift – Ownership – Acceptance, The Shift – Where Does It Come From?, The Shift – Where Does It End?, The Shift – Knowing Where You’re Going, The Shift – HighlightingThe Shift – Letting Things Land, The Shift – Using Embodiment, and The Shift – Facilitation vs. Depth.

ODSC Framework #22: The Shift – Facilitation vs. Depth

Facilitative coaching is done around ideas and goals, and is focused on achieving a certain result (the “doing” work).

Deep coaching is done around feelings and values and beliefs, and concentrates on states of being (the “being” work).

The most transformative coaching requires both: focus on goals and ideas and doing, and focus on being.

“But how do I integrate these two models of coaching when they seem so different, with such different outcomes?” you may be asking. “How do I mix them so that my clients aren’t getting lost, and I’m creating the most powerful and effective shifts for my clients?”

Toku talks about the tension between these approaches, and how to best combine them:

 

See also the previous posts in this series:

Introduction

The Open – Context, The Open – Agreements, The Open – Building Rapport, The Open – Bad Coach Distortion, The Open – Creating Awe

The Drop – What’s it All About?, The Drop – Zoomin’ In and Out, The Drop – Don’t Believe Your Clients, The Drop – The Right Place

The Shift – Creating the Shift, The Shift – The Reveal, The Shift – The Transform, The Shift – The Commit, The Shift – Ownership – Acceptance, The Shift – Where Does It Come From?, The Shift – Where Does It End?, The Shift – Knowing Where You’re Going, The Shift – HighlightingThe Shift – Letting Things Land, and The Shift – Using Embodiment.

ODSC Framework #21: The Shift – Using Embodiment

Are your clients experiencing Shift – but only at the level of the head? Are they only experiencing new thoughts or ideas, and missing the truly powerful experiences – the being experiences – that create true and lasting Shifts?

In this video, Toku explains the concept of embodiment, lists a bunch of examples, and shows one technique to create and anchor these deeper Shifts.

 

See also the previous posts in this series:

Introduction

The Open – Context, The Open – Agreements, The Open – Building Rapport, The Open – Bad Coach Distortion, The Open – Creating Awe

The Drop – What’s it All About?, The Drop – Zoomin’ In and Out, The Drop – Don’t Believe Your Clients, The Drop – The Right Place

The Shift – Creating the Shift, The Shift – The Reveal, The Shift – The Transform, The Shift – The Commit, The Shift – Ownership – Acceptance, The Shift – Where Does It Come From?, The Shift – Where Does It End?, The Shift – Knowing Where You’re Going, The Shift – Highlighting, and The Shift – Letting Things Land.

ODSC Framework #20: The Shift – Letting Things Land

Do you feel confident you’re doing great coaching, but maybe clients aren’t hiring you?

Or do you feel unsure about how impactful your sessions really are, about whether or not you’re creating powerful shifts for your clients?

In the Dojo, often times the Sensei see that the Samurai coaches ARE creating powerful shifts, but they’re not spending time letting the client experience them, and are instead just jumping off and moving to the next thing.

In today’s ODSC video, Toku talks about the importance of letting things land, and how to give that space for the Shift to deepen in the client’s experience… and your own.

 

See also the previous posts in this series:

Introduction

The Open – Context, The Open – Agreements, The Open – Building Rapport, The Open – Bad Coach Distortion, The Open – Creating Awe

The Drop – What’s it All About?, The Drop – Zoomin’ In and Out, The Drop – Don’t Believe Your Clients, The Drop – The Right Place

The Shift – Creating the Shift, The Shift – The Reveal, The Shift – The Transform, The Shift – The Commit, The Shift – Ownership – Acceptance, The Shift – Where Does It Come From?, The Shift – Where Does It End?, The Shift – Knowing Where You’re Going, and The Shift – Highlighting.

ODSC Framework #19: The Shift – Highlighting

“Am I creating Shift?” That’s a common question and common struggle for coaches who are challenged by this phase of the coaching conversation.

In the previous ODSC video, Toku talked about the desire for a process to follow to assure that a Shift is happening for the client, and how knowing where you’re going, and the context of the conversation for you as coach, and them as client, is an important component for helping facilitate Shift.

This session, Toku “highlights” one of several tools that can help draw attention to The Shift: Highlighting.

 

See also the previous posts in this series:

Introduction

The Open – Context, The Open – Agreements, The Open – Building Rapport, The Open – Bad Coach Distortion, The Open – Creating Awe

The Drop – What’s it All About?, The Drop – Zoomin’ In and Out, The Drop – Don’t Believe Your Clients, The Drop – The Right Place

The Shift – Creating the Shift, The Shift – The Reveal, The Shift – The Transform, The Shift – The Commit, The Shift – Ownership – Acceptance, The Shift – Where Does It Come From?, The Shift – Where Does It End?, and The Shift – Knowing Where You’re Going.

ODSC Framework #18: The Shift – Knowing Where You’re Going

Do you hunger for a clear, step-by-step process to lead you through the process of creating The Shift?

Perhaps it’s not that you’re looking for a specific process to follow, but that you’re unclear about the direction of the conversation. You can paddle with the best of them, but it won’t help you get where you need to go if you don’t know where to point the boat…

Instead of following a formula, take a few moments to get clear on the context of the conversation and where it’s going, for yourself and your client. Toku helps navigate these waters in this segment of the ODSC Framework.

 

See also the previous posts in this series:

Introduction

The Open – Context, The Open – Agreements, The Open – Building Rapport, The Open – Bad Coach Distortion, The Open – Creating Awe

The Drop – What’s it All About?, The Drop – Zoomin’ In and Out, The Drop – Don’t Believe Your Clients, The Drop – The Right Place

The Shift – Creating the Shift, The Shift – The Reveal, The Shift – The Transform, The Shift – The Commit, The Shift – Ownership – Acceptance, The Shift – Where Does It Come From?, and The Shift – Where Does It End?.

ODSC Framework #17: The Shift – Where Does It End?

What if your client is clear on where they want to go, but they seem to lack motivation to get there? Or they’re not excited about their commitment to that direction? Like they’re not enrolled in their own life?

Last time we looked at how a “point of origin” might be the place to dive deeper… and this time we’re focusing on the opposite: creating a compelling ending for a particular phase (what happens when it ends?), or a powerful vision of what comes after (what happens after this particular journey comes to an end?).

Toku discusses several different strategies for helping a client look at endings and create with them an opportunity for a powerful Shift.

 

(See also the previous posts in this series: Introduction, The Open – Context, The Open – Agreements, The Open – Building Rapport, The Open – Bad Coach Distortion, The Open – Creating Awe, The Drop – What’s it All About?, The Drop – Zoomin’ In and Out, The Drop – Don’t Believe Your Clients, The Drop – The Right Place, The Shift – Creating the Shift, The Shift – The Reveal, The Shift – The Transform, The Shift – The Commit, The Shift – Ownership – Acceptance, and The Shift – Where Does It Come From?.)