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When you think of a coach, what comes to mind?  For me, it’s a person with a whistle around the neck who shouts out what you’re doing wrong so all your teammates stop and look at you.  Oh, sorry, flashback to high school sports.

In the workplace, a coach looks very different than the typical sports coach.

Sure, they may teach skills and point out missteps, but the best coaches all do one thing well: facilitate conversations that enable people to find their own way.

One of the straightest paths to becoming an amazing manager or supervisor is by becoming a great coach.

While you can’t learn to coach well just by reading a short article, you can start to understand what an effective coach looks like.

Here are some guidelines, using a “do this, not that” format.


What “do this, not that” statements do you believe lead to better coaching?

You can leave your answer in a comment below.

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