Coaching is about being positive and goal-focused. However, here are 21 deadly mistakes to avoid.
Following your agenda versus theirs – our favourite approach, assessment, etc.
Not being aware of the culture, the history – jargon, abbreviations
Lack of confidentiality
Forgetting who the real client is
Stop growing personality – personal development. Not being open to our own personal growth; not understanding how and why our won personal foundation as a coach relates to our success and the success of the client.
Stop growing professionally – letting the leading edge coaching methodology pass you by – professional development.
Missing those coaching opportunities right before your eyes; missing the signals when another opportunity to coach is presented.
Writing a vague contract; minimising the importance of presenting the well crafted formal proposal – not being specific and promising more than you can deliver.
Thinking the corporation is all about money – all about making money and the bottom line.
Not thinking the corporation is about the money and getting results.
Ignoring liability considerations – contracts, insurance, structure of the firm.
Personal barriers – arrogance, ego, mood.
Not fixing your style – communication, dress, approach.
Not understanding how personal foundation of the client ties to results.
Becoming lost in the journey with your client; not knowing where you are and where you are going.
Not learning the language of the client.
Depending on one person’s viewpoint
Not setting goals that are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound).
Personalising – taking responsibility for everything, leading to feeling guilty or even angry.
Mind reading – making assumptions about what others are thinking or feeling.
Yes-but-ism – the tendency to find the negative that outweighs the positive