Thursday, April 7, 2016

How many coaches to change a light bulb?

How many coaches does it take to change a light bulb? One, but the light bulb has to want to change.

Ok, a tired joke that has been applied to every helping profession. But its so true. However, its also not true. Its easy to use this as a rationale for failing with clients and not taking ownership for your own limitations.

It is a helper's job to help clients move thought various stages of the readiness to change; there are models and methods to help with this. It is a balance, clients must accept responsibility to engage in the process, and helpers must be willing to critically reflect upon on their own processes.

1 comment:

  1. I'm teaching "stages of change" to my intro to public health class on thursday... love this joke!