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Coaching Successfully by Roy Johnson, Robert Heller, John Eaton

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Dealing with Barriers to Coaching

Coaching is a modern approach to management and it can excite fear or distrust in those unfamiliar with it. Deal with misconceptions about coaching by explaining its benefits, and be ready to defuse misunderstandings.

TIP

Treat suspicion as a comment on the past, rather than on the present.

Points to remember

  • Openness can be fostered by encouraging employees to voice concerns.

  • Coaching should develop at a pace the coachee is comfortable with.

  • Differences of opinion should be worked through.

  • If you practise what you preach, resentment can be avoided.

Handling mistrust

Coaching works only if there is a bond of trust between the parties involved. The coach must ensure that the employee is speaking openly and ...

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