Coaching Axiom #6--There is no room for teaching in a pure coaching relationship.

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July 18, 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 #6--There is no room for teaching in a pure coaching relationship.

The problem with an axiom like this is that there are almost no pure coaching relationships.  Human nature means that we'll never be fully able to stay in the objective, non-directional, content-neutral posture.  Learning when to shift to a slightly directive role (like that of a mentor) and just as importantly, when to shift back to a straight coaching posture.

A good rule of thumb is that a coach focuses on drawing out of the leader what is already there, and a other intentional relationships are more oriented to pouring into the leader.

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