The Joy of Coaching

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CoachingI had the privilege of coaching people to advance their career and attain certain fulfillment and the satisfaction, as well, of coaching my daughter’s 3rd and 4th and later 5th and 6th grades basketball team.   On both fronts, the satisfaction is in seeing people grow and develop while keeping their joy of learning.

The greatest reward as a coach is to be able to motivate your team to achieve goals they otherwise think they cannot achieve.   To give them the extra push in challenging times that enables them to overcome the obstacle.   Ultimately as a coach I learned something new throughout the journey about my players. That same is true for my executive coaching.   When your client overcomes an obstacle or becomes unstuck, that’s a win for you as well.

While anyone can say that they’re coaching, saying you’re a coach is not same as acting and conducting yourself like one.   Based on my experience, a great coach has the following characteristics:

They focus on YOU – the focus of the coach is you and your development.

“Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.”John Wooden

Challenge you – they challenge you to overcome things you otherwise thought you couldn’t achieve.   In challenging times, they help you transition from having distractive thoughts to creating constructive thoughts that enable you to move forward.

Good communicator – communication is the key to a successful coach. They’re able to communicate in good times and challenging times as well. They always find ways to come up with the right choice of words to encourage their people.

Has a philosophy – They have a belief and principles.   In my case, I always emphasize learning fundamentals and the value of sportsmanship, team work and hard work.

Discipline – Discipline is the foundation of any successful undertaking. Without discipline you cannot be successful.   You need discipline to help you focus on the overall goal.

Understand their people – It is easy to push your team, but failure to understand your team will lead to frustration and result in eventual failure. A good coach takes the time to learn and understand their people.   They know when to push and hold back and nurture their team.

Aim to serve – Coaching is a service. To succeed, a coach must aim to serve their constituents and be there for them.   Their unselfish attitude will ensure that their constituents’ best interest is always front and center.

analazing market situationIn my experience, the biggest difference between sport coaching and executive coaching is in client confidentiality.     In executive coaching, you need to uphold client confidentiality. It is job one.   Both bring joy to the practitioner and often provide lifelong learning as their relationship progresses over time.

Coaching is a blessing – a blessing to touch people’s hearts and develop them and see them grow.   I’m thankful for the opportunity to make a difference.

 

“The test of a good coach is that when they leave, others will carry on successfully.”   Author Unknown

Starting 2013

Will Lukang, PMP, CSM, MASCL, CLDC

2013

I’ll start by saying, “Welcome 2013!  A year of opportunity for us to make our dream a reality.”   Ushering in a New Year reminds me of Oprah Winfrey’s quote, “Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.”    It is akin to turning a page in our book of life and starting a new chapter, which is a blank canvas for us to draw whatever we want.

One of my favorite things to do as I end a year and start a new one is to review my plan and make adjustments that help me position myself as I ring in the New Year.    By doing so, I can start the year right and focus on the things that are important to me and my family.

Here are a few things that can help you begin your year:

1)    Take a risk – I urge you to take a chance, a calculated risk that is.   Work outside your comfort zone and expand your horizon.

2)    Plan – Prepare a career plan and track your progress.   This way, you know where you’re heading.

3)    Coach – Find a coach to help you grow and develop.  If professional athletes have coaches to observe and provide feedback to help them improve their game, why don’t we have a coach at work?  Seek a coach to observe you work and helping you improve our skills.   This way you’ll continue to develop your skills.

4)    Believe in continuous learning – The day you stop learning, you’ll be left behind by everyone else.  It is important to continue to learning new things and increase your capabilities.

5)    Network and collaborate – I believe in the saying that no man is an island.  I encourage you to network and connect with others.   Find a common interest and collaborate to develop new things; by doing this, you’ll expand your horizon.

6)    When in doubt ask questions – Early on in my career, I paid the price for assuming things.  In the end, certain mistakes took a long time for me to recover from.  I advise that you ask questions and avoid the headache altogether.

7)    Lastly, do something nice for someone.   The random act of kindness can make someone’s day or help someone overcome some challenges.  If we share our knowledge and experience, we can make this world a better place.

I’ll end this blog post by sharing a poem by William Arthur Ward.

Another fresh new year is here
Another year to live
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!

Embrace the gift of a brand new day.  Face it with enthusiasm and make the most of it.    Remember that the choice is yours – to be happy or to be sad.   Happy New Year to everyone!   May the New Year bring good health and prosperity to you and your family.