Perhaps one of the most powerful ways of understanding coaching is from the end. If we know what we are intending to accomplish, we can correct
our selves as we go along.
Coaching as being more than
partner that supports someone in reaching his/her
goals or as a disciplinarian who changes someone's unwanted actions. Instead coaching occurs in a bigger frame
that sometimes includes these
modalities but goes
way beyond that.
Long-Term Excellent Performance:
Meaning the client meets the high objective standards of the discipline
in which coaching is occurring. Standards are objective when
they can be observed by any component person. For Example hitting a home run in baseball, nailing that lick in a song, sacking a quarterback w/ 5(sec) on the clock for the win, as is checkmate in a game
of chess; however we must know something about each game
to be able to observe these
outcomes as favorable.
clients can observe when
they are preforming well and when
they are not. Making
necessary adjustments independently of the coach. By keeping this
criterion in mind, coaches can avoid the temptation of becoming indispensable
and, instead, work
to built the competence of their client.
We, as people, can always
improve, and well coached people know this
find continually find ways on their own to do so.
They'll practice more, or they'll watch others preform, or learn an activity that
will strengthen them in a new way that
improves their competence.
Flaherty's Book Coaching:
"I coached a man named Bob at a at a major oil Co. in California. Bob was referred to me by my friend Nancy, who worked as an internal human resources consultant. He was a competent
and well-regarded accountant who traveled
to various sites
worldwide and audited drilling operations. But Bob had greater
ambitions. He felt as if he were trapped by his own success, that
management would never let him move on because he was doing such good work
. at least that
's what he told me. Bobs initial assumption
by doing good work
he would get noticed and promoted. when this didn't happen he blamed management for their shortsightedness and selfishness. This left Bob powerless; there was nothing he could do to change
the thinking of his managers. Of course this is where a coach comes in. a coach is someone who build a respectful relationship with a client. Then researches
the client find themselves in. Coaches address both short
-term views. Short
in the sense that
they support their clients in reaching their goals. Long
the client will always
have more challenges later and must be left competent
to deal with these situations, while simultaneously conducting a fulfilling life."