I am very grateful for the coaching. You provoked thought and discussion that drove action and change in my behavior that has already proved to be so valuable.
— SVP, Consumer Packaged Goods
Wow! That conversation was life altering! Around you I am never, ever the same.
— Real Estate agent

Great article by Harley Finkelstein COO of Shopify.  This guy is really, really smart :-)

This article provides great points on what makes coaching effective.

As a leader, what is your mindset around accountability? Some leaders believe that people resist accountability. When you are acting based on a false premise it makes you ineffective. Coaching from the mindset that people resist accountability causes you to believe that your job is to create sufficient pressure to overcome that resistance. But what happens when you apply pressure to people (think about your kids or your spouse)? You increase their resistance to you! And how do you overcome increased resistance? You increase the pressure - which causes their resistance to get stronger! Remember the definition of insanity?

Some very deep insights in this article for leaders who want to coach more effectively. Although the article is about providing support during someone's final days, the lessons about "holding space" are incredibly relevant for the coaching relationship.

“Unless, therefore, an executive looks for strength and works at making strength productive, he will only get the impact of what a man cannot do, of his lacks, his weaknesses, his impediments to performance and effectiveness. To staff from what there is not and to focus on weakness is wasteful - a misuse, if not abuse, of the human resource.” - Peter Drucker, The Effective Executive

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