Vendl: Provocative coaching

The Provocative style: Action oriented, quick, effective and fun.
 This does not mean that you can hurt, roundly insult, or ‘pull the rug out from underneath’ your client as unfortunately too many people think. The Provocative Style offers an entirely alternative approach. It is delivered from a curious and good natured attitude and is designed to expand one’s thinking, as opposed to more traditional experts who put forward solutions and offer advice.

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Provocative coaching set out from a few basic principles ensuring we can fix problems quickly and efficiently.

Challenge: Actively stimulate clients and bring them out of themselves.
Ensures: Initiate strong, authentic actions, and increase ownership.

Humor: Project a cheerful, reasonable demeanor.
Ensures: A more rational insight and a sharper focus on the most important things.

Personal contact: Create an atmosphere of engagement and appreciation.
Ensures: Commitment and higher visibility.

Behavioral change is difficult. Altering long-held beliefs and thoughts requires discipline, self-insight and the courage to focus fairly on yourself and not on the things you can’t influence. Respectful challenges will lead to:

  • More results in the short term
  • Quicker insight into the nature of the problem
  • Realistic assessment of the costs vs. benefits
  • Clearer overview of the psychological principles in play in the organization
  • A comfortable professional streetwise ‘sparring’ partner.

Provocative coaching is based on Provocative Therapy founded by Frank Farrelly

How does the Provocative Therapy work?

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The provocative approach.
Provocative therapy sets out from totally different starting principles to the more usual forms of coaching and advising. Recently in the ‘Volkskrant’ there was a lengthy article about therapists and coaches who focus too much on negative aspects, whereas shifting the emphasis onto what works well would deliver better results. In our sessions and consultations, we try to maintain a default attitude of positive acceptance. We appreciate our clients the way they are. But within this positive framework we challenge our clients in unorthodox ways; saying absurd things, over-enthusiastically agreeing with them, proposing unattainable solutions, taking their ‘enemies’ side, leading them ‘around the houses,’ etc.

This requires a radically different way of communicating from traditional forms of presenting advice. There’s no simple indiscriminate approval here, you will be thoroughly tested but always with a commitment to acceptance and positive interaction. This is not threatening, but strengthening, because it doesn’t feel like a contrived conversation, but like one with a trusted confidante whose advice you value.

The outcome?
The unhelpful patterns of expectations and disappointment are broken, creativity is unleashed, and together we can look at new ways to solve old problems. If one looks at things the way you always have, you’ll only see what you always saw.

We will teach you to take a fresh look!