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Getting in Condition for Change

Coaching can be a hugely effective and a relieving intervention in someone’s life. When it’s not, that’s often because the client is not in the condition to take the coaching on. It’s not new to say that our lives are full, our bodies are stressed, our relationships are frequently neglected, and we have endless amounts of input from sources everywhere in the world. We can easily avoid frustration as a coach and make the experience smoother for our clients if we attend to the client’s capacity for change as coaching begins. This chapter makes the case for attending to these conditions, provides assessment questions for determining a client’s capacity for change, and suggests remedies so that readiness can be ...

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