How does “coaching” make you feel?


During my 30+ year career in human resources, I’ve attended workshops on coaching, led training for organizations to help leaders become better coaches, read literature about coaching, and engaged in various discussions about the importance of coaching. However, from the perspective of the coached, I’m not sure we always get this right…

If you are “coaching” people, and they leave your presence feeling demotivated, uninspired and defeated, you’ve possibly missed the target. Constructive feedback has its place and time; every exchange is not considered ‘coaching’.  

Coaching is nonjudgmental and does not blame or disparage.  It is not feedback designed to reveal flaws.  It is taking the time to provide insight, perspective and data to motivate, inspire and produce greater results.  Be a coach! Even better – be a fan!

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