10 Coaching Mistakes To Avoid
Gregg Thompson’s book, The Master Coach, reveals these 10 mistakes that you should avoid when you coach someone:
- Trying to be a great coach. Instead, put your energy into helping the person become great.
- Working too hard. It’s your job to challenge the person to do the hard work.
- Not saying what needs to be said.
- Neglecting to ask the person how you can be most helpful.
- Assuming the person is a challenge to overcome or a problem to be fixed. Coaching is not a project, but rather a special relationship and conversation.
- Talking too much. Silence and attentive listening are some of the most powerful coaching tools.
- Owning the outcome. The person being coached owns both the success and the failures; you don’t.
- Giving excessive well-meaning advice.
- Steering the conversation toward the path you know is best. Instead, allow the person to find their own best path forward.
- Finishing without a commitment. Insist the person promises to advance their cause in some way.