Giving Feedback to a Coaching Session: A Manager's Guide

Giving feedback to a coach is an essential part of the coaching process. Managers must provide honest and constructive feedback in order to ensure that the coaching relationship is successful. Face-to-face conversations are the best way to give feedback, as they allow for open dialogue and the opportunity to ask follow-up questions. Additionally, managers should strive to give feedback on a regular basis, as this will help them stay on top of their coaching progress.

When giving feedback, it's important to be mindful of how you phrase your comments. Business Management Daily has published a post entitled “How to Ask for Feedback”, which includes some tips from my book Getting Ahead. These tips can help managers phrase their comments in a way that is both constructive and respectful. It's also important to remember that feedback should be seen as an opportunity for growth and improvement, rather than a criticism.

Immediate feedback is also beneficial, as it helps employees understand the advice they receive more clearly. However, many managers feel uncomfortable offering feedback, especially when it comes to a problem or concern. To make sure that your feedback is well-received, it's important to be mindful of how you phrase your comments and focus on the positive aspects of the situation. Giving feedback is an important part of the coaching process and can be a great way for managers to help their employees grow and develop.

By following these tips, managers can ensure that their feedback is both effective and well-received.