Lessons from Athletic Coaches

Everybody’s a coach in some aspect of life, and that means you. So grab your whistle and clipboard, and let’s get in the game.

—Ken Blanchard and Don Shula (1995, p. 15)

Executive coaching has its roots in athletic and performance coaching, and there is a gaggle of books written by famous coaches to be found in the business section of every bookstore. Therefore, it makes sense to check the sports literature to see what nuggets lay there. Your clients have bought some of these books and might have even read a few.

One reason that coaching is called coaching and not executive counseling or workplace psychotherapy is that many hard-charging corporate types, especially men, are likely to favor a coach, but may be ...

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