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Coaching for Commitment: Achieving Superior Performance from Individuals and Teams, Third Edition by Dennis Kinlaw, Amy Zehnder, Cindy Coe

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2.3. Coach Role

Coaching can be a mental challenge as you learn that you are no longer in control of, or providing, the what or the how. This concept is difficult to grasp for most people because they have been known, rewarded, promoted, and encouraged for being the one with all the answers (the expert). Most of us take pride in providing direction, guidance, solutions, explanations, and ideas. Put plain and simply, many of us just can't help ourselves from wanting to fill in all the blanks. In fact, we usually see this behavior as "helpful."

As you transition to the coach role, you will learn that the coach provides neither the what nor the how to the PBC. You may ask, "How is this possible?" Think of this in terms of what role each person ...

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