Qualities of a Good Coach The person who gets the most out of coaching uses the coach as "outside eyes and ears." Coaches hear and see things that even the best performers can't detect about their own performances. In endurance coaching, anyone can design hard workouts that exhaust you. In lawyer coaching, anyone can tell you what to do even if it is beyond your comfort zone. But a good coach will help you understand where you want to go, devise a plan that is within your ability and that will get you there, and then be your mentor and accountability partner to assure your success.
Your Coach is Your Ally -
Just because coaching eyes and ears are available does not mean that we make best use of them. Some people are busy, fighting the alligators and snakes that plague them on a daily basis. While they need an ally, a coach, to help them set their priorities, they often are so deeply involved that they can't see the forest for the trees. Even when they talk with a coach, agree on their priorities and set dates for completion, their very next day seems to explode on them, causing them to revert to past behavior patterns. Such people can still eventually be helped by a coach.
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