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That's a lot of coaching to munch through
That’s a lot of coaching to munch through

I recently attended an Inner Game coaching conference. One of the items that came up for discussion was the idea of coaching as a series of conversations rather than a one off. Tim Gallwey – a pioneer of modern coaching and one of the conference leaders – suggested that coaching was like the layers of fillings in a sandwich:

  • Contracting and set up meeting
  • Work expereince
  • Debrief and further coaching
  • Work expereince
  • Debrief and further coaching
  • Work expereince
  • Finalising, etc

The most important realisation for me was that the main learning takes place during the Work Experience layers, not the coaching layers. By extension, I offer the thought that we coaches need to let go of the idea that our coaching sessions are the most important thing. Instead it’s what people do between sessions that makes most difference.

What do you think?

For more on my experiences on the conference, see the Latest Article tab above

Matt Somers

Matt Somers

Matt Somers is the UK’s leading trainer of managers as coaches. His coaching skills training programmes, books, articles and seminars have helped thousands of managers achieve outstanding results through their people.

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