Celebrating the End of a Coaching Relationship

How to say goodbye when the coaching process is complete

The ultimate goal of coaching is to work yourself out of a coaching job. At some point, the coachee should be self-reliant and have enough tools and self-awareness to end the coaching, or move to an infrequent check-in model where you might bounce ideas around occasionally, but really, the coachee is independent and equipped to move ahead without the coach. This is a time of mixed feelings for both the coach and the coachee.

For the coachee, it can feel like a graduation of sorts — a time to look forward to the next stage, where he or she will be able to showcase his or her new skills at the next level. Feeling a little bit of longing for what has transpired is also normal (admit it — you have a little bit of nostalgia for high school, even if you weren’t the best student!).

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Lisa Sansom, MAPP
Lisa Sansom, an accomplished Trainer and Certified Coach, offers professional services, from a basis of applied positive psychology, in leadership, interpersonal communications, change management, team dynamics and other areas of organizational effectiveness: www.lvsconsulting.com.