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During this video, we will analyse client responsibility and autonomy for making changes.  When facilitating coaching sessions you will agree initial goals, by doing this it gives the coaching sessions a sense of purpose and gives the client something to aim for. It is imperative that coaching has a start and an end date as coaching is not a long-term solution but completed over a relatively short period (usually 3 months). Even though coaching is completed over a short period of time things do change and as a good coach you need to be flexible to meet the needs of the client (within reason).

Through conversations, you will find that coaching will naturally deviate from the initial scope. You cannot be rigid and stick to the original aim as the client will need to explore and increase their self-understanding. Having said that the overall goals should remain the same and you should still try to meet the original goal.

The issue of being flexible can be tricky especially when you are employed by an organisation to provide coaching and specific goals have been set. In this case, you need to ensure that your coaching agreement allows for a degree of change to the goals but these changes need to be achievable within the term of the agreement.

Where a client requires making changes to their goals, this needs to be analysed by the coach and an assessment made on if this change is agreeable over the term of the agreement. If this is not achievable then you need to be honest with your client and potentially increase the number of sessions held. 

Where smaller deviations from goals occur then the coach should allow the client to openly explore this area without feeling that they are restrained in any way.
In summary, the client will identify the need to make a change and where possible this should be accommodated by the coach. Changes need to be achievable within the duration of the agreement.