Opportunities for Coaching

I organized my book What could happen if you do nothing?” by what could be considered the major pillars of a coaching conversation: listening, asking, and suggesting.

A coaching conversation, like any other, is organic. It zigs and zags. Listening, asking questions, and making suggestions are not discrete activities. They don’t happen in a vacuum. Listening carefully gives rise to certain questions. Answers to those questions suggest other questions…and further listening. Occasionally, a suggestion (not a command) may seem appropriate, or at least helpful.

All kinds of issues and challenges pop up every day. Many lend themselves to coaching as an appropriate intervention. Any kind of change, from moving offices to downsizing, offers the opportunity to coach people through the transition and arrive at a successful outcome.

Communication difficulties are a huge area of potential for coaching. How messages are conveyed – and how they are received – can cause all kinds of havoc, from hurt feelings to actual loss of business. Coaching can greatly influence the way people communicate—one on one, in teams, with direct reports, across business sectors, with customers, with the boss.

Here’s a starter list of challenges that coaching can help address:

  • Conflict management
  • Managing change
  • Performance issues
  • Team building
  • Time management
  • Leadership development
  • Talent development
  • Communication
  • Engagement
  • Work-life balance

What can you add to this list?

One Response to “Opportunities for Coaching”

  1. Will
    June 16, 2011 at 12:58 am #

    Walking in the presence of giants here. Cool thinking all aurond!

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