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Somewhere between the Industrial Revolution and the Age of Information, we have lost touch with the value of a good “Dutch Uncle,” someone who could help steer us through rough spots in our careers and lives. The Great Recession has also not supported a strong resurgence for personal development through coaching. There was a time, right before 2007, when there was a gold rush of coaches; personal development coaches, corporate coaches, life coaches, you name it. What remains now in most corporations are coaches who deliver specific performance development content, and who have withstood the winnowing-out of the economy.


CLI has withstood these tests-and delivers expert coaching for a broad variety of performance needs-from leadership coaching to team coaching to individual contributors needing to work on specific skills or performance gaps.

What makes a good coach?

I recently asked 15 of my coaching clients what made them want to use CLI’s coaching services. I have grouped their responses below:

 1. Flexibility to coach in person or by Skype or phone.

2. A high comfort level (i.e., trust).

3. Relaxed intimate approach.

4. Honesty (“You nail me when I need it.”)

5. Support material (CLI maintains an extensive library of learning resources).


There you have it. I was surprised by the repetition of the “you nail me” comment. Almost all 15 mentioned the importance of a coach who would be unwaveringly honest.

Coaching can accelerate learning, increase self-awareness, and help individuals manage performance problems. In our practice at CLI, we often start coaching with a series of simple questions for the coachee to consider:

1. What do you want to make sure you get from the coaching relationship? 

2.  How do you want me to be as your coach?

3.  What do you want to work on in coaching?

4.  What 2 steps could you take immediately that would help you move forward and that would make the greatest difference in your current situation(s)?

5.  What can I say to you when you are most “stuck” that will return you to action?

6.  If you trusted your coach enough to tell him or her how to manage you most effectively, what tips would you give?

Regardless of the performance challenges that individual contributors face, coaching can help them leap across hurdles, accelerate the speed of growth, or develop new skills. CLI often combine assessments with coaching to maximize coaching gains. The end result is a process that leads to performance mapping and a return on investment for both the coachee and the organization

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CLI provides coaching, training, and strategic planning services to help your business grow. Our expert, research-based design and facilitation skills will help develop more effective individual contributors, leaders, managers and supervisors, or strengthen teams and collaborative groups. We bring in the best content expertise and blend it with your culture and specific needs.

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