This morning I spent some time reflecting on some of the books I have read over the last couple of years. I did this mainly because I have become a better note taker in the last six months and I wanted to be sure I wrote down the material from some of the great books I have read. Secondly I started this blog seven months ago and I want to share the information.
I was having a conversation yesterday with a really good friend of mine. I was humbled when he asked me to be his personal coach. The reason I was humbled, is because I get as much from them as they get from me. We really do make each other better. Our conversations and meetings haven’t been well scheduled or planned, but we made an agreement to make sure we plan some regular meetings. We get so much from each other, we need to spend more time talking to each other. Planning well means we are intentional about our growth and development. We coach each other.
I pulled out one of my books from one of my favorite authors and thought leaders. Mr. John C. Maxwell. His book titled the 15 Laws of Invaluable Growth is probably one of the best play books on personal development that I have read. In one of the chapters he shares some insights on coaches.
What is a coach? The word coach is actually derived from the horse-drawn coaches that were developed in the town of Kocs during the fifteenth century. The vehicles were created to transport Royalty, but they also carried valuables, mail, and eventually common folks. Kevin Hall wrote in his book Aspire, a “coach” is something or someone, who carries a valued person from where they are to where they want to be. So if you have a coach you would end up at your desired destination. Isn’t this what a coach does?
Who is a coach? We can all be coaches. If you are a parent, a sibling, a manager, a leader, a CEO, a friend, a colleague, a subordinate, a middle manager, a trainer, etc. We can all be coaches. You don’t need a title in a company to be a coach. You can coach from where ever. It is all about making a decision to do the things below and do it with grace and a good heart for the right reasons.
- C are for the People the Coach
- O bserve their Attitudes, Behavior, and Performance
- A lign Them with their strengths for Peak Performance
- C ommunicate and Give Feedback about their Performance
- H elp them to improve their lives and their performance
I think the acronym above explains exactly what a coach is. So for my coaches out there, are you doing those things? I would love to hear any feedback that you may have on this subject.