Accountability in Coaching

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Accountability -- what is it good for (in coaching)? Loads! Coaching is more than a check-list, homework, or an action plan -- it’s learning how you find your own way to be accountable for yourself.

On this episode of @CoachingThruIt, coaches Laura and Julie talk about empowering their clients to design and develop individual systems of accountability. We talk about coaching questions to hold clients accountable and practices that enable clients to check-in with themselves for their own action steps beyond a coaching session.

Question for coaching accountability:
  • By the end of our time today, what would you like to have us achieve?
  • What would you want to discover in this session that would be useful for you?
  • How could we quantify this or make this measurable?
  • What can I help you with between now and the next time we talk?
  • What are you going to do next?
  • What changes are you making from what you’ve learned today?
  • What would have allowed you to take action?
  • What can help you move forward?
  • What was holding you back?
  • What prevented you from taking the next step?
  • What did you learn from not doing?
  • What are the small steps to get there?
Lessons Learned:
  1. Accountability is unique to each client -- let them decide next steps
  2. Give your clients the questions you asked where they said “I don’t know.”
  3. Offer the recordings for clients to listen back
  4. Your success as a coach does not depend on your client’s accountability or follow-through
  5. Bottom line: Encourage your clients to show up to do the work with you, the coach. That is what it is all about!
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Accountability in Coaching
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