I've completed the two coaching sessions I needed to in order to write my reflective piece, and wrote a few thoughts down last night, in a bit of a mind map.
It struck me how hard reflective writing is. I followed the
- What I observed
- How that made me feel
- What that says about me
format we used on on Module 1 which worked ok.
I find it interesting how little reflective writing we actually do, day to day; I can't think of the last time I wrote a reflective piece. It seems our reserved Anglo-Saxon cultural preference makes it even less likely that we structurally articulate our feelings about events or challenges regularly in any medium, but especially in business.
I get the sense that this empowerment to articulatee feelings is at the heart of the power of coaching, especially within the European business context. But I wonder if the Americans or Japanese would approach reflective writing, as in indicator of the coaching process, with the same trepidation.