“Motivating people does not work. . . What does work? The essence of the answer lies at the heart of the science of motivation and the revelation of three psychological needs— autonomy, relatedness, and competence.” —Fowler, Susan (2014-09-30). Why Motivating People Doesn't Work . . . and What Does: The New Science of Leading, Energizing, and Engaging (p. 33). Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
As an Erickson trained, solution focused coach, I use inquiry to encourage my clients to design their own actions, plans and accountability in collaboration with me as a trusted partner. This type of collaboration satisfies Autonomy, Relatedness, and Competence (ARC), the three tenants of what works for people who are looking for motivated engagement in their work and life.
Autonomy = I'm confident that my clients have all the resources necessary to create their solutions. I provide a open-minded space for them to access their inner resources.
Relatedness = My clients and I develop a trusted relationship through authentic, courageous, and compassionate collaboration.
Competence = I am certain my clients don't need to be fixed: rather, they are OK! I know they can an will make the best choices for themselves from a positive intention, especially during guided reflection about their goals.
Designing Actions with ARC in mind
Through individualized inquiry, my clients develop creative, client-designed action steps thats link to all the parts of their life: environment, behaviors, skills, values, identity and vision. As my clients recognize all of these linkages, they attain sustainable momentum towards their goals.
Planning and Goal Setting with ARC in mind
Through individualized inquiry, my clients create their clear expectations for achievable goals and timelines. These goals and timelines are linked through the all aspects of their lives: environment, behaviors, capabilities, values, identity and vision. With these linkages my clients broaden their vision from central focus to to the peripheral boundaries of their knowing; thus, solidifying their resolve and perseverance as they attain their goals.
Managing Accountability with ARC in mind
Through individualized inquiry, my clients become engaged leaders of their own lives. They become their own authority determining the who, how and when for seeking accountability. They assume responsibility for creating the support structures they need to meet their goals. When these choices for managing their accountability are their own, they act with virtuosity and endurance towards their own greatness. Their motto becomes: “Don’t worry, I got this”.
Solution Focused Coaching . . .
What are your internal motivators? How do you create your own ARC?
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