Probably more coaching programs flounder here than anywhere else—maybe because enrollment demands that we be human; no role or force will fulfill the stage. Manipulation or misrepresentation is quickly shown up. For many potential coaches, managers, teachers, and parents, the idea of stepping out of their accustomed roles and positioning themselves as human beings equal to their potential clients is uncomfortable and disconcerting. Thus, they easily slide out of coaching and into some other mode of interacting—managing or teaching, probably. Of course, justification accompanies the slide. Some potential coaches justify themselves by saying “the client was resistent” or “the timing wasn’t right.” If you find yourself as a coach in ...

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