Below are some questions you may ask yourself as a solution-focused coach as you collect information from your coachee. The questions can be helpful in adapting yourself to your client and to make the conversation really useful.
- What is important to this client?
- How does this client view his situation?
- What does he want to see changed?
- What is his good reason for wanting to see that change?
- What does he see as advantages to himself and others of this change?
- What strategies has he already employed which have somehow been helpful?
- What improvements has he already made?
- How far is he already in accomplishing what he wants?
- What resources can he draw on?
- What is he willing to do and what will he not do?
I made this list based on a list by Insoo Kim Berg (in Family Based Services: A Solution-Based Approach (Norton Professional Books), page 54). I changed her list quite a bit though, based on the seven steps approach.