Book Excerpt: Letting Go Is Hard to Do: Natural Completion as a Sign of Success

Coaches sometimes struggle to end coaching and let their clients go. The reasons can be many, but the result may be the same: a coach–client relationship dangling by a thread; two individuals stagnating rather than growing. A coach may simply fear hurting the client’s feelings by bringing up the possibility of ending the coaching partnership. Or the coach may be afraid to call for an unplanned end to coaching because the coach doesn’t like conflict, the coach doesn’t want to be seen as a quitter or a failure, or the coach feels bad for leaving a client hanging. Yet termination is sometimes exactly what is needed in a coaching situation.