Friday, 13 April 2012

Coaching Matters!

Whether we like it or not children, young people, colleagues and friends live up to, or down to, our expectations of them...

When we think of our colleagues as unique, talented, creative and developing, they know and as a result 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. That is the real strength of a coaching culture; a culture that is constantly, relentlessly and uncompromisingly asking us to stretch and develop to be our brilliant best.

So 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 leave a legacy of people who know their strengths, know their abilities and, as a result, reach beyond what they believe is 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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