The blog lists four necessities for a healthy coach-client relationship:
- Desire for Change: Does the client have a genuine desire to change and are they willing to put in some time and effort to do so?
- Transparency: Will the relationship be transparent?.... Any feedback I give a client's manager also needs to be given to the client. Otherwise there can be no trust.
- Time Commitment: Coaching is not a short term intervention. Behaviors change over time, and for a coaching relationship to be successful it needs to unfold over weeks and months, not days.
- Clear Goals: Are there clear goals for the coaching relationship, and do all parties agree to them?
The blog also offers some examples of situations when coaching can be genuinely beneficial:
- You have a manager that is technically strong but who has some communications problems or "people skills" deficits
- A leader who is mired in organizational politics or complexity and who needs an outside perspective
- Leaders being groomed for a promotion.