Avoid the 6 Coaching Traps

“Apply yourself everyday to just becoming a little bit better.”

  1. Fix it Syndrome: The fix it syndrome is when you need to fix a problem as someone is telling you about it. Remember as a coach to listen and pose questions to help them problem solve. Also remember to be comfortable with silence and give them wait time.
  2. Cheerleader: Your natural instinct is to say “You can do it!” but remember as a coach to empathize with their feelings first to help with the relationship.
    •  Example: Coachee: This sounds really hard to do ____ in my classroom. Coach: Yes, it is difficult but let’s take small steps to make it happen together. (instead of saying, no it is not hard, you just need to do x,y,z.)
  3. Down the Rabbit-Hole: This happens when we listen to feelings and empathize but coaches should respond with sympathy rather than empathy. Stick to what matters as well and don’t get off topic. 
  4. Hurry-Hurry: Often coaches feel rushed due to time. Make a schedule and stick to it honoring both your time and the coachees time. If you notice you are consistently going over then look at why; is it because you are off topic or are you not allowing enough time per session.
  5. Yes-but: We all have that person that pushes back, if a few yes buts occur, flip the script and ask them what solutions do they see.
    • Example: Coachee: Yes but, I don’t think my students can do personalized learning because they don’t take ownership. Coach: How do you think we can help them take more ownership?
  6. One Right Way: Don’t rob people of their autonomy. It is important to let them come up with a solutions or the changes they want to make so they have ownership. Just because it is not your way, doesn’t mean it is wrong, there is more than one way to solve many problems.

I would love to hear from all of you coaching tips you have found that have helped you! Leave them in the comments so we can learn together.

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