Is Coaching About Getting Things Done?
COACHING IS NOT ALL ABOUT GETTING THINGS DONE
Question for the Coach...
Is it true that coaching is about getting things done? If this is so, then I can call myself a coach since for the last 21 years I have been getting people to achieve the company's goals. What are your views?
The Coach replies...
If coaching is all about getting things done, then even a nagging parent can be a coach! Yes, action is needed. But there is another important element - the learning aspect, which is often missing in many manager-staff type of interaction.
Many meetings are about "you do this and you do that" type of order-giving. The learning element in coaching is about raising self-awareness and being mindful about how people learn best. When done well, learning has the effect of helping people to be more resourceful, expanding their perspective and possibilities, and empowering their will to move forward to make changes. Add this into your current work, and you will be on your way towards becoming a coach.
- What is your style of management?
- To what extent have your people improved over the years?
- Have they conquered new frontiers?
- Are they transformed?
- Are they empowered to act on their own?
- Each time you want them to do something, do they regard it as their agenda as well?
- Do they find personal fulfillment in doing it?