# Coaching one-on-one/Powerful questions

A one-on-one is a conversation between the coach and the coachee. The participants agree on the purpose, rhythm, style and it's like a dance. Coaching sustains a positive mindset and is an approach to help people grow.

# Subject

Empower people

# Definition

Agile coaching is a personal habit, a possible lifestyle. The agile coach is not really a professional coach, he/she just uses methods and tools from professional coaching and enriches them with agile expertise to reveal awesomeness from each individual through self-discovery.

# Benefit

Coaching on an organizational, leadership and team base is an invaluable tool for developing people across a wide range of needs, both on a professional and a private level. Most people who receive coaching report increased self-confidence and most of them benefit from improved work performance, human relationships and more effective communication skills. Coaching supports people's personal development, empowers and encourages them to take responsibility, improves individual performance, helps identify high potential employees, helps identify both organizational and individual strengths and development opportunities, proves organizational commitment to human-centered development.

# Procedure

One can use Karl Tomm's model for asking powerful questions to the coachee. He has designed a creative strategy for creating powerful questions. These questions should be set considering the following approaches: The coach navigates through four different roles, namely the detective (asks past-oriented, simple questions, the anthropologist (asks past-oriented, complex questions), the captain (asks future-oriented, simple questions) and the future researcher (asks future-oriented, complex questions. Past-oriented, simple questions are based on looking for facts, data, recordings, e-mails etc. "What happened at that moment?" "When did it take place?" "What kind of velocity did you have until then?" "Who else is involved (PO, customer)?" Past-oriented, complex questions are looking for intentions/purposes "What do you think was their reason for doing that?" "Could it be that they had some information which you did not possess?". Future-oriented, simple questions are looking for concrete next steps for the change/solution, "What will you do first?" "With whom will you talk?", "How can he/she/they support you?" "Will you tell me afterwards what has turned out?". Future-oriented, complex questions are looking for opportunities/different use cases, for example "What could you do on your side to make the situation better?" "Could you do something proactively to prevent this from happening again?" "Do you see a potential solution to this problem?".

Source: 'The Hitch Hiker's Guide to Agile Coaching'42 Agile Coaching Company

# Facilitator

Agile coach/agile master

# Participants

Agile coach/agile master, stakeholders/managers, the entire agile team

# Tools

Flipchart/whiteboard or as a free conversation

# See also

agile42 Coaching Company 'The Hitch Hiker's Guide to Agile Coaching'