Pick Your Deck: Tools aid in the Coaching process


September is always a good time to refocus and put into place a plan on how you want to finish out the year or what steps you will take toward a new path. If you are looking for tools or props to help, here are three suggestions from the fabulous website coachingtoysstore.com:

  1. Open-Ended Questions for Coaching Mastery

The developer of the Coaching Toys Store website, Minnesota-based coach Marcy Nelson-Garrison, created this product as a training tool for coaches and managers. Every time I teach a coaching skills workshop, I use this deck to show participants how questions can be applied in multiple scenarios. Nelson-Garrison breaks down the deck into three categories: simple and curious, taking action, and expanding awareness. Several corporate clients of mine have actually purchased these decks for their managers to aid them as they hone their coaching skills.


  1. Transition Journey Deck

Developed by Dr. Jean Davidson, this kit helps guide you through your transition. It includes two card decks – photo cards and a deck of questions that have four suits. They include: Let Go and Grab On, Holding up the Mirror, The Journey, and Questions That Bite. In a review of this product by Nelson-Garrison in Choice magazine, the magazine of professional coaching, she said, “The heart of the process is all about identifying the treasures and letting go of the trash.” I love that!


  1. Get Wired

This deck is coming soon to the Coaching Toys Store website, and I can’t wait to add it to my card decks collection. The deck was created by Karen Warner and it is all about networking. We know we should network, yet many people put this activity on the back burner, month after month and year after year. This clever deck offers 50 ways to network, either to build alliances within your organization or to grow your own business.

Have fun with these decks or with others that stand out to you on the Coaching Toys Store website. Sometimes, all it takes is an image on a card or a suggestion in a card deck to spur us into action and get us moving toward our dreams


Susan Combs

Susan Combs, MBA and Professional Certified Coach, works with coaching clients to create fresh starts, enhance their leadership skills and increase their confidence. She is an authorized licensee of the Fit Leader's Program. Susan provides one-on-one coaching, DiSC team-building training and manages corporate mentor programs. She lives in Lansing with her son, Max, and their golden retriever puppy. Visit SusanCombsCoaching.com or MentorRoadmap.com for more information.

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