How often do we hear or read a word and fail to understand how its meaning over time changes. According to Webster’s Seventh Collegiate Dictionary (1967) the definition for mindfulness is “being aware.”
Today the definition of mindfulness by Webster has expanded to “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions or experiences on a moment to moment basis.”
When we connect this word mindfulness to executive coaching, we may better understand the difference between great and average coaches as well as the overall coaching process being employed. The expansion of this definition also reflects how the profession of coaching has changed for both coaches and the coachees.
Mindfulness for executive coaches, sales coaches or business coaches combines emotional intelligence with clarity of thought. As coaches, we must refrain from having predetermined thoughts much like sales professionals who must first listen to not only what is being said, but what is not being said.
We must manage our own behaviours, including our reactions first so those behaviours will not interfere or limit the dynamics within the coaching conversations or relationship.
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