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The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow by Kathleen Stinnett, John Zenger

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Chapter 5Does Your Coaching Rest on a Crumbling Foundation?

An instructive bit of research was conducted by the coaching firm CO2 Partners. The question it posed to a large sample of people working in large organizations was, “Whom do you turn to for advice on problems at work?” The answers were

24 percent: A peer in your organization

15 percent: Another senior person at your job

14 percent: A friend outside the workplace

13 percent: Your mentor or coach

11 percent: Your supervisor

7 percent: Your spouse or partner

4 percent: No one

Although this book is focused on helping managers to be more effective coaches with their direct reports, this process works only to the degree that the employee wants to talk with his manager. The data ...

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