We are all aware of the benefits of coaching in improving performance. Using tried and tested models, and careful guidance, the coachee discovers the solution for himself and the buy-in/ commitment is achieved. This is often done in a non threatening way. After all, we don’t want to upset anyone! But is that method right in all circumstances? Would we be better off just telling it as it is? Would some people prefer the no nonsense approach? For me, this approach of being more candid can work well but the coachee will need to understand how much you care for them and that your feedback is authentic. As such, real experience of showing benevolence to the coachee is required otherwise it can fall flat or feel aggressive. When the mix of challenging and caring is balanced, however, coaching with more candour than we have previously used can be beneficial. Agree?