Jane’s coaching, training and mentoring is centred around The Thinking Environment principles. The Thinking Environment is based upon the observation that ‘the quality of everything we, as human beings do, depends upon the quality of the thinking we do first’. This was so beautifully identified, over 30 years ago, by Nancy Kline, best-selling author of three books, founder of Time to Think, a leadership and coaching consultancy and a most wonderful teacher.
Thinking Environment Coaching has been described by coaching experts as one of the most effective client-centred methods on the market. It puts the independent thinking of the client first in its aims. This method allows clients to truly think for themselves:
– to go beyond dependence on the coach’s views, guidance or analysis
– to come up with ideas, directions, understandings and solutions for themselves that can be staggeringly accurate, imaginative and practical.
For some, this may feel radical in its nature. Radical because often individuals have fallen into the trap of depending upon another’s thinking, those more senior, who pay them before thinking for themselves. Others feel they have to conform to what is, fearful of retribution of what they might think or say.
The Thinking Environment Coach begins with the assumption that there is no process more powerful, no intervention more accurate, no set of questions more penetrating than the depth and quality of Attention that we offer. The Thinking Environment Coach does not rush a client’s thinking, rather it’s simplicity is described as being at the far side of complexity.