Have the skills, don’t have the time. Mentoring/coaching
has taken a back seat in my organization.
—Late Boomer
I could improve on how to push them in the right
direction without doing it for them. I also need
improvement on handling difficult confrontations.
—Early Xer
[I would need another] few years on the
job in order to be taken seriously.
—Late Xer
Almost Everyone Wants a Coach
The research clearly demonstrates that almost everyoneregard-
less of generation or level in the organizationwants a coach.
Similarly, almost everyone thinks that she has the skills to be a
coachor that she could learn them given organizational support.
Even when they teach, men learn.
—SENECA THE YOUNGER (4 B.C.–65 A.D.), Epistulae
ALMOST EVERYONE WANTS A COACH 205
Figure 10.11. Responses to the Question, Do You Have
the Skills to Coach Someone? by Organizational Level.
ProfessionalTop and
Executive
Upper
management
Management
Yes
No
70
80
Percentage of respondents
0
60
50
40
30
10
20
100
90
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