Working with Client Types
There are four extreme creation character types, depending on their skill at each of the two creations (in the mind and in reality):
- The Zombie
- The Headless Chicken
- The Dreamer
- The Focused Achiever
Coaches may find themselves coaching any one of the four character types. The challenge for the coach is to recognise the characteristics of their clients and to adapt their coaching techniques to meet the needs of each.
The Zombie often complains about things. Problems and failures are never their fault, but the fault of someone else.
They have a mindset that they are not able to do anything about their plight. They typically do not accomplish a lot of anything, and almost everything they do will be dictated by the actions of others around them.
These people have low creation skills, which mean they are just reacting to what is around them: they are reactive rather than proactive people.
REFER TO YOUR ACTIVITY WORKBOOK AND SOLVE ACTIVITY NO.1 IN THE LEARNING ACTIVITY 5 SECTION.
The Headless Chicken
The Headless Chicken works efficiently and tirelessly and is probably well known for this.
They are extremely good at following instructions and respond to a directive coaching style. They often dislike change, or taking responsibility.
They are great doers, but lack vision, have a vague or no long term plan. They are often very good at doing the wrong thing, very well.
They are reactive rather than proactive people.
REFER TO YOUR ACTIVITY WORKBOOK AND SOLVE ACTIVITY NO.2 IN THE LEARNING ACTIVITY 5 SECTION.
The Dreamer generates lots of ideas including many great ones: often they generate more ideas than they can follow up on.
They typically start something with tremendous passion, and then drop it for something else soon after. They frequently get frustrated when the real world does not accept or appreciate the brilliance of their ideas and plans: they like to plan everything.
The Dreamer’s problem is that they are infinitely better at imagining than they are at doing.
REFER TO YOUR ACTIVITY WORKBOOK AND SOLVE ACTIVITY NO.3 IN THE LEARNING ACTIVITY 5 SECTION.
The Focused Achiever
The Focused Achiever strikes a balance between creating innovative and new ideas and seeing them though.
They develop a clear vision and enthusiasm that enables them to share and infect others with their vision.
They gain the commitment of others and involve them in helping move things from vision to reality.
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