Discussion Question

Step 1) Consider this: One of the first lessons we learn in coaching and mentoring is that the coachee is in charge, and we must learn to respond to their preferred communication style, problem-solving style, behavioral conventions, etc.

Step 2) Read this article: Rostron, S. S., van Rensburg, M. J., & Sampaio, D. M. (2009). Diversity, culture and gender. In S. S. Rostron (Ed.), Business coaching international: Transforming individuals and organizations (pp. 171-231). London, England: Karnac Books. 

Step 3) Answer the following questions below using question and answer (Q&A) format; in other words, include the original question along with your response. Within your post, support your responses with information from the background materials or reputable outside sources, and provide the full citation at the end. Use APA format for your references. Bring in your own personal experiences, readings, and research, where applicable.

  1. What challenges would you anticipate in coaching a person from a different national culture, ethnicity, gender, or race?
  2. What are ways to manage those challenges successfully?

Step 4) Respond to at least 4 other posts over the course of the two weeks. If you disagree with their opinions, respectfully explain why. You may be helping your colleagues to become more sensitive to cultural differences and therefore be more effective when the coaching relationship involves people who are different from ourselves.

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