A lot of people come to me curious about professional coaching sessions, but afraid to dig deeply, concerned it’s a form of counseling. I had similar perceptions and completely understand your apprehension. That is until you discover the power of asking questions. There is the common fear of asking a dumb question. However, the answers to our questions bring us the most joy and personal growth.
I will provide some insight to answer your question: What is Coaching?
Origins of Coaching and its roots come from the world of sports. Most sports coaches are experienced tacticians. They utilize experience and knowledge to improve players. The sporting environment assumes the coach used to do things is the best way possible.
Unintentionally, coaching approaches players as empty vessels devoid of knowing what’s best at any given moment.
The difference between Training, Mentoring, and Coaching:
• When a person is sharing information – They are teaching or training.
• When a person is sharing their experience – They are mentoring.
• When a person is asking open , explorative questions and listening deeply – They are coaching.
Coaching looks at a person’s potential, rather than performance. Instead of being directed, coaching sources your own answers by asking simple, direct questions that generate self reflection, self evaluation, and makes a person curious about themselves.
Let’s bring it all together by looking no farther than Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.
Training (facilitating content and proven techniques) camp is a time for fundamentals with the quarterbacks coach such as foot, arm, and ball position to generate quick release. Working on timing of receivers learning new plays in the playbook.
Mentoring (or sharing of past experience) is the week of preparation for the next opponent. Studying game film and tendencies from previously played games against them. Scouting reports are reviewed from previously played games this season.
Coaching is game day. Not so much the play call in the huddle. True Coaching is what Aaron does best.
It’s the “out of the pocket” decisions after the play breakdown. It’s the review of formations photographed throughout the game.
It’s the audible at the line of scrimmage after surveying the defense. In the end, It’s…..well allowing Aaron Rodgers to be Aaron Rodgers and utilize the unique talents he possesses to be extraordinary MVP caliber player he is to be the best of “his” ability.
Do you for one second think Mike McCarthy is Communicating in the helmet headset of Aaron Rodgers telling him exactly every decision while the play unfolds. No….
What Does This Mean to Me?
Coaching is creating self awareness, empowering others to take action and ownership in the way that suits them best….while at the same time transferring accountability to the individual for the desired outcome. Regardless of how you get there. For Aaron Rodgers on game day the outcomes are first downs, field goals, touchdowns, and ultimately…..victory!!
The same process can bring greater success to your business.
What do you find yourself doing more of….Training, Mentoring, or Coaching? I would love to hear from you!