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Manager’s Guide to Effective Coaching, Second Edition by Laura Poole, Marshall Cook

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Chapter 11Coaching Trouble Spots

Good intentions and skills alone won’t make you a good coach. Even applying all the great advice from the first 10 chapters of this book aren’t enough to get the job done if you fall into any of the potential pitfalls we discuss in this chapter.

These coaching land mines can be hard to spot, but once you locate them they’re easy to avoid.

Lack of Authentic Purpose

A dog often circles—sometimes several times—before settling down to sleep. The most popular explanation is that this is a defensive behavior left over from wilderness days. The dog circles to get a 360° look at the surroundings to make sure no enemies are near. The fact that dogs sense the presence of other creatures primarily through smell, not sight, ...

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