Discover Germany, Issue 29, August 2015

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Coaching & Consulting

Shadow coaching: The way to move people forward Shadow coaching is a very direct application of reflective and observational coaching, which is situated in the work environment of the coachee. That provides one way for clients to go below the surface into the core dynamics of personal contacts and meeting situations, illuminating the truth of the moment and making decisions that move people forward. TEXT: WERNER KNEER | PHOTO: © UWE BAUMANN/SHOTSHOP.COM

Shadow coaching is a real-time learning approach in developing a refined selfawareness and capabilities in the workplace as a result of reflection on practice. It enables people, not only to benefit from the continuous presence of an observing coach over an extended period of time in a typical set of workdays, but also develops their own role as self-observer for the long term. It teaches clients to become reflective practitioners. This type of coaching is ideally suited to organisational leaders who must make decisions and act adaptively in intense work environments. Shadow coaching involves partnering with clients in their work environments and brings another experienced and fresh perspective that helps to identify problematic dynamics, work habits and assumptions that impede effectiveness.

Shadow coaching is observational, situational, real-time, fast-paced coaching. Two minds working as one increasing awareness and implementing change on the spot. It involves being able to provoke the leader’s awareness of these problematic features in ways that they can be addressed immediately. It goes beyond support to problem solving.

shadow coaching attends to the individual, social, relational and environmental aspects of the client's‘world’. It creates seismically altering change. Shadow Coach Werner Kneer accompanies organisational leaders who do not have the opportunities to become a fair feedback, which is critical and at the same time appreciated.

Shadow Coach Werner Kneer speeds up to the life of the client while at the same time works with the clients to slow down to the speed of thought. ”I want my clients to detect their own potential,“ says Shadow Coach Werner Kneer. Those taking a shadow coaching session with Werner Kneer, will improve their already existing practical abilities relevant for an everyday work routine. That means

Portrait: Werner Kneer. Photo: zvg

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