Monday, 2 May 2011

Great Coaching!

Whether we like it or not, your colleagues know what you think of them and as teachers we all know that children, young people, colleagues and friends live up to, or down to, our expectations of them. We tend to get what we expect...

When we think of our colleagues as unique, talented, creative and developing, they know and as a result they will like working with us. They will like how they feel about themselves. They will want to work with us, and will go beyond the call of duty for us. They will allow us to make mistakes, get things wrong and be human because we have gained their trust, their loyalty and their commitment – rare commodities in today's dog eat dog world. This is how organisations become extraordinary and we must develop a coaching culture that is constantly, relentlessly and uncompromisingly asking us all to stretch and develop to perform at our brilliant best.

If we want to coach colleagues for brilliant performance, we must begin by thinking the best of them. Only then can we raise and stretch their awareness of their uniqueness, their strength, and their potential. By being appreciative, supportive and caring we help our colleagues overcome the limitations they have imposed upon themselves, and significantly develop the possibilities and opportunities available to them. Great coaches leaves a legacy of people who know their strengths, know their abilities and, as a result, reach beyond what they believed was possible. Great coaching is a relationship that sees colleagues at their very best; challenges them to examine their own gifts, talents and aspirations and, ultimately, holds them accountable to become their brilliant best.

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