The Art of Strengths Coaching

S is for Spreading Support rather than Spreading Stress

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Looking back, can you think of a situation when you chose to be supportive towards people, rather than increase the stress? You may have chosen:

To encourage your child to enjoy learning and take what they could from school, rather than them worry about being defined by exam results.

To create an encouraging environment in which your team members could make their best contributions, rather than you ruling them by fear.

To spread hope in society by employing Solutions Journalism that highlighted solutions to challenges, rather than depressing people by writing articles that just listed the problems.

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

Describe a specific situation in the past when you tried to spread support and help people rather than spread stress.

Describe the specific things you did to try to spread support to people. 

Describe the specific benefits of taking this approach.

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Different people choose different ways to spread support. Great leaders, for example, often build positive cultures in which motivated people can achieve peak performance.

The Chief Executive of a British soccer club explained this in the following way.

“My role is to hire great professionals who want to help us to achieve our goals. It is then to help them to do their best.

“My role is also to de-stress people. If I am going around getting stressed, then everybody else will get wound up.”

You will have your own way of supporting people. You may do this as a parent, partner, friend, colleague, counsellor, coach, mentor, trusted advisor or other professional.

Many people are now aiming to plant seeds of hope. Educators are helping students to become the best they can be, for example, rather than compare themselves with others.

They also enabling young people to develop Twenty First Century Skills, rather than becoming fodder for exam factories. Here are some examples.

Leaders are helping people to build healthy organisations, rather than standing over their shoulders and supervising tasks. Social Enterprises are enabling people to use their strengths to build better societies. Here are some examples.

Many journalists are also describing practical solutions, rather than just documenting problems. They realise that people want realistic hope, rather than them feeling impotent in the face of challenges.

Here is an introduction to the concept of Solutions Journalism. You can discover more via the following link.

Let’s return to your own life and work. Looking to the future, are there any ways you would like to continuing encouraging people?

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

Describe the specific things you can do to spread support to people rather than spread stress. 

Describe the specific benefits of taking these steps – both for you and for other people.

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