Disney Strategy – A – Z Coaching and Mentoring

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A – Z Coaching and Mentoring – We started this series of extracts from Clare’s book earlier in the year but day-to-day business has meant it has slipped but we are pleased to be restarting the blog series and will continue it weekly we promise! So, here is the latest extract – the Disney Strategy.

If you have a special request for a definition of a coaching term or principle, just let us know! Perfect for anyone studying for an ILM Coaching & Mentoring qualification, or as a refresher for experienced coaches.


Disney Strategy (Robert Dilts 1994) is a simple and effective coaching tool with three phases:

  1.  Dreamer phase – an attitude of anything is possible and nothing is impossible. Modern phrases to describe this are ‘blue sky thinking’ or ‘thinking out of the box’. This phase is about being fully involved in achieving a goal (first position in the perceptual positions model).
  2. Realist phase – the plan of action to make a dream come true and the steps the client will take. Step away from personal views and plan the small steps. Act as if the goal is possible and consider different perspectives and reactions (second position).
  3. Critic phase – apply logic and analysis. Problems, pitfalls, risks and shortcomings can all be discussed in this stage. Criticise the ideas or the plan, not the people. This is a detached perspective (third position) to remove personal emotions to find alternative solutions to problems.

Taken from the A-Z Coaching Handbook by Clare M Smale where you will find a comprehensive A-Z, plus a full list of references.


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