A skill that has tremendous application in Managing Team and Coaching. A skill that has to be a part of every manager’s daily life. A skill that is essential to a coach’s conversation skills
According with Oxford Dictionary, Acknowledgement is an act of something exists or is true or something is there
According to Webster, acknowledgement is defined as “admitting what’s true”
What is acknowledgment?
As you begin the coaching process, your clients starts sharing some of the achievements of his life. And also the struggles and failures in his life he has faced despite giving his best shot. By sharing this, he is laying bare open his strengths and vulnerabilities, he wants you to appreciate the fact that he has made some significant effort and has gone through the struggle. They may not mean it, however, they indirectly want you to acknowledge it. And when you acknowledge them, they feel heard, they feel their strengths and efforts are visible to others and they subsequently develop an inner satisfaction which soothes them
When do you need to acknowledge?
You should be acknowledging when a person is
• Sharing his success stories with all his passion
• Sharing his challenges that has impacted him
• This is something amazing you have done. I want to acknowledge you for ….
• I can really see the amount of effort you have put in and yet you could not…
• Let me acknowledge the fact that that it takes a great deal of guts to admit…
How does it help in Coaching?
Acknowledging a person has a soothing impact on the person
• It acts like a catalyst and propels him to becoming more aware and finding answers
• It helps in building rapport and trust
• There is increased openness in conversation
How does it help in Managing your team?
This is an important tool even in managing teams. As a manager, you ensure your work is done through your team. They have their own set of successes and struggles. Acknowledging them in their journey of achieving their goals will only motivate them for greater performance
• The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated –
• Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement – Ludwig Wittgenstein
• Real life isn’t ging to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but also to surmount our difficulties – Sarah Ban Breathnach