You Must Work with a Coach, Or Else!

I’ve been writing this month about the top reasons that ministry leaders hire me as their coach.  Here’s another top reason:  They have been told to work with a coach, or else

Typically, their actions, reactions or learned behaviors are getting in the way – to the point where their effectiveness is in serious jeopardy.

Can you coach and develop someone who has been told that they have to work with a coach?

The answer:  It depends.

It really depends on whether or not the individual can see the requirement of coaching as a gift versus a requirement.  I recommend that coaches address this issue right away.  Occasionally, in a very directive coaching approach, I coach the pastor on this shift from requirement to gift.

Many of those that have been required to work with me have ended up becoming highly effective and excellent leaders. 

BTW- while you might not have a choice about working with a coach or not, you do have the choice of how you will receive and use coaching.

I invite you to see coaching as a gift.

All the best to you,


Register for Mentor Coaching 

I would like to invite you to join our next Mentor-Coaching Group. Mentor-Coaching is one of the best ways to hone your coaching skills. In our group mentor-coaching program, you will receive in-the-moment feedback on your coaching ability from both the faculty member and fellow students. You also have the opportunity to observe others as they coach and learn from their feedback. The mentor-coaching group is a safe, supportive environment to practice the skills you have learned in class.

May/June/July 2014: Mentor-Coaching Group: The dates are: Mondays at 1:00pm Eastern Time – May 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & July 7 – 2014.

To register for this Mentor-Coaching Group, click here:



Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any additional help.

All the best to you.


P.S.  If you are interested in pursuing a coaching credential from the International Coach Federation, mentor-coaching is a requirement.

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