STEP SEVEN

Partner to Enhance Growth Between Sessions

OVERVIEW

How assignments enhance coaching What makes a good coaching assignment Ideas for finding and creating assignments

 

There’s a nightly negotiation in my house as my elementary school–aged children try to postpone doing their homework. “Why do we have to do homework?” they lament. “Why do you think you do?” I ask. And after their first response, which usually has the word “torture” in it somewhere, they give more informed answers, like “to practice what we learned that day,” “to get us ready for a test,” or “to show we know how to do it on our own.”

Coaching “homework” is critical for the same reasons. When coachees complete assignments between sessions, they demonstrate—to themselves ...

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