Coaching is also one of those Fourways jobs where your professional effectiveness is almost always narrowly measured by something that is very often totally out of your control: winning and losing.
Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.
Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development. Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development
The best Business Coaches have eight attributes that define in everything that they do. These attributes define who you are as an Executive Coach. They are the context in which you work. To be successful, you need to incorporate these attributes throughout your practice. Each is inter-related, and the top Coaches balance all of them in their work.
Relationships. As a coach, you should strive to build positive business relationships with your clients. You do this by providing value to them, serving them, being the consummate professional, having total integrity, and standing for their success.
Outcomes. You focus on results. This may seem obvious, but it is not. Many managers focus on tasks to the point that they sometimes forget where they are going. You help them focus on the end result, on the powerful, compelling future that they want to create. Sometimes you have to balance relationships and outcomes. If you push too hard for outcomes, you hurt the relationship and come across as coercing. If you focus too much on the relationship, you won't achieve results, and will be perceived as too passive, as avoiding conflict.
Possibility. When others are stuck, mired in complaints and negativity, you create a sense of possibility. You are not unrealistic in what is possible, but your way of speaking and acting encourages people to keep pushing forward in the face of uncertainty and difficult challenges.
Stand for the client's commitment and potential. Think of yourself as your client's commitment and potential. That's who you are. You are a "stake in the ground" for what your client can be and do. If the client wavers, you do not, because you are his or her potential and commitment. You represent the client's most ambitious, noble, and inspiring goals.
Equal footing. You are on equal ground with your clients, no matter how wealthy, powerful, or accomplished they may be. You should be open, honest, and authentic about your reactions to the client's words and deeds. If they don't do what they say they will do, you have every right to "call them" on their behavior. This doesn't give you free reign to judge or preach, but you should feel comfortable speaking to your clients as an equal.
Dialogue. Coaching is not about lecturing. It happens through a dialogue with your clients. It is therefore essential to be sure that you have heard your clients, explored their issues, and tested your solutions with them.
Capacity. You are not working with your clients to just get it done. Rather, you want to help your clients improve their capabilities and performance over the long term. There are many ways to build capacity: letting the client reach their own conclusions and insights; serving as an example or role model; training and teaching; providing challenging assignments; or even following the medical school model of "see one, do one, teach one."
Street smarts. Finally, you have street smarts. You understand not just theory, but practical pathways to results. You have "been there and done that," and you have stories to share about your successes, failures, and creative ways to improve results with limited resources.