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Full name

Deborah Hartmann Preuss

Job one-on-one coaching for effectiveness + joy
email deb [at] deborahpreuss [dot] com
Skypeid debhart
Phone number +49 721 6272333
City (Country) Karlsruhe, Allemand
Time 1h
Type of Conference Workshop / 20 attendees
Level Everybody

Powerful Questions Workshop


Deborah, a Canadian living Karlsruhe, is passionate about "coaching the coaches," She helps change agents to become happier and more effective in their work, through community events and telephone coaching. Occasionally she stilll coaches/trains Agile teams, particularly those in times of transition, requiring alignment or looking for new ways to advance. Deborah creates and facilitates Open Space un-conferences and other events in three languages. Deb helped found in order to make our workplaces better, and she continues to steward and support StoosNetwork events worldwide. She helped organise in October 2013. She co-created AgileCoachCamp with Naresh Jain in 2008. Together with John McFadyen, Deborah leads the international Coaching Cocktails phone coaching circles. Deborah is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a member of the International Coach Federation, and was for many years a Certified Scrum Practitioner.


How many meetings does it take to make your colleagues improve? (Or: How far can you push a rope?) I have had little success in *making* others change. But we can help them discover their own motivation to change, through Powerful Questions. After that we need simply invite them to participate in designing the change they really need. This is the way to get engagement that leads to lasting change, change you do not need to "push". The skill of asking Powerful Questions brings the tool of "pull" to your work. When you create a safe environment, in which it is ok to ask without knowing the answer, in which people can get curious and access their own creativity, you set the conditions for people to "pull" the help they need and to invent their own solutions. These may be different, but possibly also better than your solution, because they come from the richness of on-the-ground experience and address what is important to their own success. Facilitation will be in imperfect Quebecoise french. Group exercise will be in the language of your choice :-) The cards for this exercise are available in 5 languages, including French.

Benefits for the attendees

In this one-hour workshop, you'll • learn to spot common habits we all have, that make our questions fall flat • discuss with others, to understand the subtletles that make a question more powerful to effect lasting change. • learn an exercise that you can use with your colleagues, to teach this skill. • design on one experiment you will try at home or work, to ask more open questions.

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