How to go beyond reflection and optimise critical thinking

Posted on: 14 Feb 2024

Thinking is often seen as synonymous with coaching. We coaches frequently refer to ourselves as “thinking partners” and unanimously recognise coaching sessions as a “thinking space”. Given one argument that suggests many clients could do equally well without their coaches if they would simply stop and take time to think, it is no surprise, in contrast, that critical thinking is becoming increasingly recognised as a fundamental capability that could give coaches a competitive edge over mere thinking time. Indeed, coaches who have developed their own critical thinking capacity are in a better position to take reflection a step further and move into the realms and amplified outcomes of critical thinking.




This issue of Coaching Research in Practice delves into a recent study of critical thinking among coaches and clients and highlights the essential elements that have been shown to foster an optimum critical thinking environment in coaching. Given the value placed on critical thinking in today’s rapidly changing world and for coaching professionals themselves, this article gives coaches important insight into cultivating a critical thinking environment in coaching sessions.


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Written by Kerryn Griffiths, PhD, PCC and Global ReciproCoach Coordinator


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