Thought-full Thursday: The Coaching Relationship

Every Thursday, we provide you with a thoughtful way to coach yourself – something all leaders need to do. So take five – enjoy the inspirational quotes or and reflect on the questions that follow. 


“You don’t have to be best friends or dinner companions (to coach someone), but you must have a workable relationship in order to fulfill your coaching work. Sometimes people attempt to hide behind roles – executive, parent, boss – and have the power of authority of the role replace the relationship. It won’t work. Roles may provide the circumstances, but only the relationship can provide the foundation.”

~ James Flaherty, “Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others”

  • What will you do to create the kind of relationships that will provide a foundation for coaching?
  • Who might benefit from being coached by you today?
  • What is the first step you can take to develop a relationship with them? When will you take that step?

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Mary Jo Asmus is the founder and President of Aspire Collaborative Services LLC, an executive coach, writer, internationally recognized thought leader, and a consultant who partners with organizations of all kinds to develop and administer coaching programs. She has “walked in your shoes” as a former leader in a Fortune company.


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