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Wednesday Winsight-1: Is your coach following the 80/20 rule?

Even if you have a coach in your company or if you get coaching on your own, you might not be familiar with the 80/20 rule. Yet, knowing about it will help you get even more out of your coaching sessions.


The 80/20 rule is this: 

* 80% of the time the client should talk and the coach should listen

* 20% of the time the coach should talk and the client should listen


This is an approximate ratio, not a hard and fast rule. Nevertheless, the reason for the ratio is that the coach’s primary job is to listen. A coach is not supposed to give answers or advice. Instead, the coach acts as a sounding board, providing encouragement and support while holding the client accountable for the goal(s) the client set for himself/herself.


When a coach does talk, it should be primarily to ask questions to facilitate the client’s own thought process. That empowers the client to identify solutions and the actions needed to achieve his/her goal(s).


The next time you meet with your coach, keep the 80/20 rule in mind. That way, you can maximize your session and more assuredly get to where you want to be.

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