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Coaching: The Pitcher & Catcher

August 5, 2014 Posted by : Tim Hagen
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LSU Pitcher and Catcher

Coaching is much like the catcher and the pitcher. If the manager, who is the pitcher, is not willing to throw pitches it doesn't matter if the catcher is willing to catch or listen and vice versa. If the catcher is not willing to catch what the pitcher throws, there's not going to be a solid and effective coaching relationship. The pitcher, who is typically the manager, sends pitches in the form of questions, suggestions, various forms of feedback, just to name a few to the catcher. The catcher, who is typically the employee, must possess the ability as well as willingness to catch those suggestions, questions, and forms of feedback. It is critical both the pitcher and catcher work in tandem; otherwise, a fractured relationship will begin to develop and continuously exist. It begs the question in every organization in corporate America. Are your managers willing to be thoughtful and considerate pitchers? And are your employees willing to be thoughtful and considerate catchers?


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Tim Hagen
Tim Hagen

Tim Hagen founded Progress Coaching, a Training Reinforcement Partner Company, in 1997. His entrepreneurial career began in college leading to positions in sales, sales management, and sales training for small and large corporations, and eventually ownership of several training companies. Tim is often a keynote speaker at companies teaching the value of coaching and conversations in the workplace. He possesses a unique combination of hands-on experience, academics, and innovative insight to solve the industry’s most common challenges specific to workplace performance. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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