Many coaching approaches today are grounded in an appreciative approach, drawing on strengths. One of my favorite series of exercises in the virtual and in-person domains is to get people thinking and talking about their experience of working with, or being with, someone who has been at their best. So for example, if it is a leadership session, to have people think about and share their experience in working with their best leader. If it is a coaching skills training process, to have people think about the best coaches they have worked with.
Bringing it to the team level, this week ask the team to share their stories of when they have been at their best. Notice the impact around connection within the team as well as the focus and other emotion it creates.
This exercise also reminds us to "catch people at their best". When was the last time you provided positive reinforcement to the team? Check out these past posts I have written on positive reinforcement.
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