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Fine-Tune Your Coaching Approach

November 6, 2013


If you’ve ever coached people, you’ll know that everyone needs something subtly different from you.

One person might need a lot of direction, while another person might lack the motivation to succeed; and it’s not always easy to figure out who needs what.

When you get it right, the coaching relationship is rewarding and successful. When you get it wrong, it can feel as if you’re speaking different languages. This can be really frustrating!

In his book, “The Tao of Coaching,” author Max Landsberg created a simple tool called the Skill/Will Matrix (members only). The matrix is useful because it helps you analyze people’s level of skill, and their level of motivation. Combined, these two factors can help you identify the coaching style that will work best with each individual.

Read our article (members only) to learn how to use this tool. And the best news? This technique is simple and useful, so you can start using it within minutes.

Question: How do you go about choosing the best approach in a coaching relationship? Join in the discussion below.

One thought on “Fine-Tune Your Coaching Approach

  1. Thoughtz wrote:

    Effective coaching requires that you focus on building the right type of relationship with your mentee! Great article

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