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Coaching Myth #1: Coaches Fix People Don’t They?

Coaching Myth #1: Coaches Fix People Don’t They?

by Moyra Mackie on March 23, 2013

I was inspired to write this article after a recent conversation where I was told:

“I’m not like you.  You’re a coach and coaches think everyone can be fixed.”

This brought to mind an image of a mechanic in greasy overalls wrestling with the inner workings of a car engine.  Leave aside the fact that I’m not sure I look good in overalls, “fixing” is not a concept that professional coaches recognise as being in their remit.

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as: “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

So whilst it’s undoubtedly work on both sides, overalls are not required.

When clients talk to me about the issues they have with their teams they quite often tell me that they tried coaching and “it didn’t work”.

And I reply:

“When you were coaching, what did you try?”

The responses I get back have led me to develop the following:

Five Clues You Are NOT Coaching

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Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie helps leaders and teams to work with courage, compassion and creativity. She is an executive coach and consultant and the founder of Mackie Consulting.

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