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Golden rules

Seven golden rules for effective coaching:

1 Clear learning objectives

The coach and coached use the first meeting to determine the goal together . They make a step-by-step plan with learning objectives, learning outcomes and planning.

2 The right 'click'

It has to click between the discussion partners. Coach and coached must respect each other and see each other's added value. Is not there a single spark? Then it is better to look for a better match.

3 Regularity

The return on coaching stands or falls regularly: regular meetings and in the meantime the opportunity to put what has been learned into practice. During the sessions, feedback takes place and follow-up actions are set out.

4 Safe learning climate

Personal topics are often discussed during coaching. It is important that these topics can be discussed in an atmosphere of security and trust. A safe learning environment also means that the client (for example the boss of the coachee) is only informed about the main features of the coaching process.

5 Structured sessions

A good coaching interview saves hours of work. The condition is that during the coaching session a clear structure is used. The step-by-step plan for coaching includes four phases:

- target
- current situation
- options
- conclusion

6 Ask questions

A good coach asks and asks for it. He or she gives no instructions, compelling advice or directional suggestions but asks questions to achieve maximum effect. The answers lead to more understanding, higher motivation and a better learning return.

7 Evaluate results

Do the insights gained during the coaching sessions have an effect in daily (work) practice? That question must always be central. Coaching is a means, not an end in itself. Coach and coached must constantly be aware of achieved and achievable results.

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