How to Build a Strong Coaching Relationship

Framing the Dialogue

Even after you have explained the purpose of developmental coaching and discussed the approach that you will be using, you will find that some of your team members might be hesitant to seek out your advice as a developmental coach. There are several reasons why people are sometimes reluctant to approach their managers for help on their careers. Some of your direct reports may feel that if they ask you for help, you may view them as weak and indecisive. For others, if their only experience with "coaching" is the heavy-handed feedback that typically accompanies a performance review, then they will naturally view the development discussion as just another situation in which they will ...

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