Some of the top complaints about coaching or excuses not to coach that I hear include…

  1.  “It takes too long!”
  2.  “It’s just easier to do it myself!”
  3.  “Things’ll happen faster and easier if I just tell our team what to do.”

These excuses totally miss the point of coaching. Coaching is not about getting a job done quickly.



Coaching is all about lifting your staff to the next level, so that eventually you’re no longer constantly telling them what to do and how to do it. They’re able to do it all on their own, with spectacular results, because you’ve coached them to success.


Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Why would you expect to build an equally impressive team in the same amount of time?

Coaching requires patience, investment and the experience and wisdom necessary to craft clever and thought-provoking questions that enlighten your staff. Perhaps you would like to recall how coaching works long term, read here for ‘Coaching Your Team for the Long Haul‘.

To help build patience and understanding, empathy takes a great part here for your coach-ee and especially for yourself, check out this blog.