This week, List #5 in the series is entitled: The Top 10 Ways to Build a Long-Term Coaching Relationship.

Great coaching can happen nearly anywhere: in a hallway conversation, in a performance apparisal or in project status meeting. However, if the person being coached is seeking a significant, sustained change in their performance or career, it usually requires multiple conversations over some period of time. Here are the Top 10 ways to Build a Long-Term Coaching Relationship.

#1. Have great expectations for the person being coached. Never let them sell themselves short or pursue anything but their very best path forward.

#2. Accept nothing less than their very best efforts during the coaching process.

#3. Help them broaden their world-view by constantly challenging their thinking and sharing alternate perspectives.

#4. Coach to their values, beliefs and aspirations encouraging them to set their own personal standards of performance.

#5. Help them discover or rediscover the parts of themselves that are most unique and most treasured.

#6. Always treat them with dignity and respect especially when they are not at their best.

#7. Recognize and celebrate every breakthrough and victory no matter how small.

#8. Always work at their most fertile growing edge.

#9. Be generous with your kindness and empathy when they struggle with the emotions, self-doubt and uncertainty of learning and development.

#10. Tell them things other will not.

This is the fifth in the series of six “Top 10 Lists for Great Coaching” that include:
1. The Top 10 Outcomes of Great Coaching
2. The Top 10 Coaching Mistakes
3. The 10 Step Framework for Effective Coaching Sessions
4. The Top 10 Qualities of Great Coaches
5. The Top 10 Ways to Build a Long-Term Coaching Relationship
6. The Top 10 Principles of Learning, Change and Development

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