chapter  8
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Challenge-for-Action: A Path to Doing

A coaching conversation is a balance between depth and movement. Depth provides detail and promotes understanding; it clarifies the narrative, sharpens thinking, and produces insight. Movement, on the other hand, creates progress over time, resulting in experiential change. Each stage of the Four-square Coaching Framework emphasizes either depth or movement. Support-for-Thought emphasizes depth by building a platform of understanding of people's current situations and clarifying their narrative through the deletion recovery process. Challenge-for-Thought increases depth by urging people to define what they want according to the conditions of a well-formed outcome. However, depth without movement be comes a pure1y inte1lectual exercise. A well-defined destination does not help people move from where they are to where they want to go without developing a path to that destination and taking action to reach it. Alfred Adler, the famous Austrian physician and psychotherapist, is quoted as saying, "Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not ofwords. Trust movement" (Hutt, 2009, par. 1). It is the purpose of Challenge-for-Action to create movement by identifying and choosing action strategies that fit the opportunities, conditions, and timeframes for achieving well-formed outcomes developed during Challenge-for-Thought. The stage-specific activities for Challenge-for-Action are designed to answer three questions:

THERE IS NO RIGHT ANSWER In chapter seven, Suzanne specified the demonstrable indicators of the outcome she is seeking.