Thirty Coaching Principles for Breakthrough Success

Coaching for
Success book

Want principles you can use for coaching your staff?  In the book Coaching for Breakthrough Success (on Amazon #ad), Canfield and Chee share 30 coaching principles in their first 8 chapters. These principles are summarized below under the topic categories assigned by the authors as chapters.  I believe many of these principles can apply to many positions where you may be required to develop employees and help guide projects and work.  Whether you consider yourself a coach, leader, manager, or mentor, consider these principles when working with others.

The Coaching Spirit
  1. Believe in human potential for greatness
  2. Fulfillment flows from adding value to others
  3. Bring out the best in people and let them lead
  4. Use influence rather than position
  5. Thrive on challenges and flexibility
  6. When we grow others, we grow ourselves
  7. A coach still needs a coach

Relationship and Trust
  8. Maintain Authentic Rapport and Humor
  9. Touch a Heart with Care and Sincerity
10. Practice Integrity and Build Trust

Asking Questions and Curiosity
11. Curiosity ignites your spirit
12. Ask questions that empower and create buy-in
13. Avoid judgmental and advice-oriented questions
14. Powerful questions release solutions
15. Asking great questions requires practice

Listening and Intuition
16. Listen rather than tell
17. Be present and turn off your inner dialogue
18. Avoid jumping to premature conclusions
19. Be impartial and nonjudgmental
20. Listen deeply, use observation and intuition

Feedback and Awareness
21. Embrace Feedback to Triumph
22. Awareness and Acceptance Cultivates Transformation

Suggestions and Simplification
23. Get consent before giving suggestions
24. Use the power of simplicity

Goals and Action Plans
25. Establish goal ownership and commitment
26. Create strategies and action plans for goals
27. Keep score of goals and action steps

Accountability and Accomplishments
28. Support goals completion continuously
29. Accountability drives accomplishments
30. Acknowledge efforts and progress

After the principles, the next 10 chapters cover SCM (Situational Coaching Model) and ACT (Achievers Coaching Techniques).  If you want more details or would like to see related case studies, then read the book.

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