“The sort of coaching that fosters effective innovation and judgment, not merely the replication of technique, may not be so easy to cultivate. Yet modern society increasingly depends on ordinary people taking responsibility for doing extraordinary things: operating inside people’s bodies, teaching eighth graders algebraic concepts that Euclid would have struggled with, building a highway through a mountain, constructing a wireless computer network across a state, running a factory, reducing a city’s crime rate. In the absence of guidance, how many people can do such complex tasks at the level we require? With a diploma, a few will achieve sustained mastery; with a good coach, many could. We treat guidance for professionals as a luxury—you can guess what gets cut first when school-district budgets are slashed. But coaching may prove essential to the success of modern society.
There was a moment in sports when employing a coach was unimaginable—and then came a time when not doing so was unimaginable. We care about results in sports, and if we care half as much about results in schools and in hospitals we may reach the same conclusion. Local health systems may need to go the way of the Albemarle school district. We could create coaching programs not only for surgeons but for other doctors, too—internists aiming to sharpen their diagnostic skills, cardiologists aiming to improve their heart-attack outcomes, and all of us who have to figure out ways to use our resources more efficiently. In the past year, I’ve thought nothing of asking my hospital to spend some hundred thousand dollars to upgrade the surgical equipment I use, in the vague hope of giving me finer precision and reducing complications. Avoiding just one major complication saves, on average, fourteen thousand dollars in medical costs—not to mention harm to a human being. So it seems worth it. But the three or four hours I’ve spent with Osteen each month have almost certainly added more to my capabilities than any of this.” by Atul Gawande Read more
The above paragraphs are from a much longer article in the “New Yorker” magazine in which a surgeon describes the benefits of having a coach. Like athletes or anyone who desires to rise to a level of personal or professional performance that they have not obtained before coaching is the way to do it. Coaching provides an objective, non-judgmental framework, a new perspective and view of the world the client lives and works in.
Rarely do we ask, “How can I get better at _________?” Many people just drift through life hoping that something will change their life for the better. It is living life passively that holds people back from the success they desire. When someone takes an active and participative role their life changes for the better more often than not. When a person decides that they can’t make changes alone and they would do better with some assistance, it is then that they can make superb progress in all areas of their life.
We are living our lives at a new speed, a speed that has increased dramatically over the past 10-15 years. In this faster world we live in using the methods of the past to cope with change just isn’t enough anymore. The speed of technology and innovation is pushing people their limits and most people are relying on the habits of the past to cope and it just isn’t working any longer.
Coaching may be the most effective method of managing the speed of change and preparing yourself for a better future. Why wait until it is an emergency to make the changes you know you want to make. Get a coach today, start raising your level of performance now so that you can create the future you desire.
What do you think? What does coaching offer and it is the way to gain a competitive edge for the future?