The Flow of Coaching

Where do you start your work as a coach? This chapter suggests a particular flow that has proved useful over the years. As you read, recall particular times when you coached or were coached. How does the flow map onto your experience? Does it show you why the coaching succeeded or failed?

This chapter will serve as an overview of the whole coaching process—what I’m calling the flow of coaching (see Figure 3.1). The presentation is linear and our experiences, conversations, and lives are not. Consequently, the flow is usually not as simple or direct as is shown in the text. The stages are really buoys, which indicate for trained observers where they are on their journey through the bay, and can indicate to the coach how ...

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