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Effective Coaching Questions: An Offer

Posted Sep 02 2009 5:37pm

OK, the responses to Managers Who Coach Ask Questions That Enlighten started generating some good questions being used by the pros in the business.

What's the offer?

It's this. I'm finishing up the Coaching for Managers eBook that grew out of the recent HR.Com webcast in which I participated as a speaker. One of the elements of the eBook is a list of good questions that would be helpful for managers and those helping them become more effective coaches. When I saw the suggestions to the "Managers Who Coach. . ." post, I thought: Why not generate an even bigger list from the folks who are doing it every day.

Ebook So, here's my pitch: If you are a coach (or have been coached and certain helpful questions have stuck in your mind), I invite you to:

a. Send in your best, along with the situation in which you use them (Getting Started, Clarity, Re-focus, etc. You can describe the situation in your own terms and I'll plug it into the appropriate place).

b. You'll be listed as a contributor along with your web address and/or blog address. I'll also find a way to identify who contributed the question.

c. I'll send you a .pdf copy so that you can offer it on your blog, site, or in hard copy to clients. The only stipulations are that it be free and that no alterations may be made to the document.

d. You may submit your questions by commenting here or mailing them to me at

e. By submitting in either arena you are giving permission for your questions and name to be used in the eBook.

f. The deadline for submissions will be end of business day on Tuesday, September 8. It will take about another week after that to add the info and reformat the eBook a bit. Then, I'll send it out to you and announce it on the blog; you can do the same, if that matches your style.

I think that's it.

We can help a lot of managers and other coaches bump up their game as well as provide a professional resource with which your name/firm will be highlighted.

So, as they say on TV (well, they used to): Keep those cards and letters coming in!

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