Mike McGervey

The Problem with Giving Advice

The Problem with Giving Advice

Guest Post by Mike McGervey

“Ask, don’t tell” is the underlying theme of coaching. It is the fuel that drives empowerment.  Asking open-ended probing, expanding, and closure questions increases self-awareness and enables the person you are coaching to discover their capacity to face issues and solve problems. That equips them to begin taking greater responsibility for the choices they make and the actions they take.

The caveat in all this is letting go of our habit of giving advice, of telling...