Axiom #3--Shorten the distance between where you are and where you want to be.

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July 13, 2011

Over the next few weeks on the CoachNet blog, we're going to look at simple axioms that make for more effective coaching. Here's the next in our series of coaching axioms. For the next few weeks, we'll be walking through some of the best, short statements that apply to coaches and coaching.

Axiom #3--Shorten the distance between where you are and where you want to be.
Remember the keys for coaching:  Listen to where the other person is, help them see where they'd like to be, shorten the distance between those two points--one step at a time.  The one step at a time is crucial.  Don't go too far too fast.

In exit interviews, good coaches are regularly thanked by their clients for staying out of the way and ensuring that the client picks the step.  One step at a time, and it's not the coach's step!

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