The more I coach my children’s youth teams, the more I discover that life is simply coaching different types of people in all kinds of situations. You don’t have to have a whistle around your neck and clipboard in hand to assume the role of a coach.
Another truth to understand about coaching is that coaching principles and concepts are no different when coaching a sales team than they are when coaching a ball team. You always start with the most simple, foundational parts of what you are teaching and build off that. You daily focus on improving on the area(s) deficiencies are found in.
As a parent, you are a coach, as a husband or wife, you are a coach. As a leader of a class, a social group, a cub scout pack, etc… you are a coach. Coaching isn’t a method of pushing someone into doing something they don’t want to do. It is a way of leading , guiding, and pulling someone into and through something they DO want to do.
So, yes, we are all coaches in some form or fashion.
But, when WE are busy coaching…. who do we turn to so we can be coached? Everyone needs a guru. Someone they respect, that can guide them into battle. Find your coach in life. That is as important as being an effective coach for those that look to you for leadership.
After all, complacency is the beginning of the end… isn’t it?