CHAPTER8Goal Evolution

AS THE COACHING RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR CLIENT STRENGTHENS, DEVELOPMENT AREAS BECOME CLEARER AND ACTIONABLE GOALS EMERGE. THIS PROCESS OF GOAL EVOLUTION, WHICH WAS DESCRIBED BRIEFLY IN Chapter 4, begins with general needs and progresses to development objectives that become part of a well-founded action plan. While subtle, this process adds value to your client’s development by facilitating the identification of goals that both resonate for your client and incorporate the organization’s viewpoint.

Development goals need to be shaped, not imposed, and tied to the reality of the client’s context. One of the pivotal moments in any coaching engagement happens when the client realizes, “That’s what I should be working on!” These ...

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