Coaching Cancer CType Sue – Part 5 – Distilling The Issues

CTypes – Becoming a Master Coach and Facilitator 

Introduction: In this 10-part series, we will take you through the process that a coach, counselor, leader, manager, therapist or teacher might use to assist clients, employees and peers in solving problems using CTypes. This process is called the “On the Wall” process and is outlined in detail in our CTypes for Professionals online training. This process will also be demonstrated in real time with a volunteer in our CTypes Teacher Training Certification Program November 7-9 in San Diego. In our many years of using and refining the One the Wall (OTW) process, it has proved to quickly make problems visible and offers a systematic and effective methodology for professionals to assist clients and employees in solving challenging problems and changing lives—both at work and at home. It’s a powerful process. We have turned around entire companies and many individual lives using variations of this process.

Part 5 – The Double E Brainstorm – Distilling the Emotional Energy into Issues

There will be threads that connect a number of concerns into distinct categories. Go through the list with the clients and ask him/her/them which concerns seem to go together. Circle those things that are similar with the same color.

Look for the next group of similar concerns and circle those with a different color. Continue on until you have circled each of the groups with different colors. Now go back to the different groupings and ask the client to give each grouping a name. An example of a work-related grouping might be named “work.” A relationships related group might be named “relationships,” or “family.”

Example of color-coded list of Issues for example client Sue – A Cancer Woman:

I hate my job

I’m worn out

I have no time for myself

My boss is too demanding

I’m gaining weight

I’m stressed out

I think Jack may be cheating on me

My daughter hasn’t called me/her husband is an ass

The car needs tires

My sex life is non-existent

I’m commuting an hour each way to work

I know I shouldn’t, but I eat tons of junk food

I have trouble sleeping

I have no time for my yoga classes – which I love

Have the client or group name each color-coded category. For example, “problems in my marriage” or “problems with my boss” or “health issues.”

The example client, Sue, named her categories as follows:



Relationships with Jack/my daughter

Self care

In Part 6, we will look at Finding Hot Spots in the client’s life. If you just want to get started in using CTypes, you will want to consider our online Introduction to CType course.


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