I'm not sure if anyone especially sports fans would disagree that these five men shouldn't be called great coaches. Well, maybe opposing team fans. No matter, the proof is in their record.
Merriam-Webster defines a coach as
: a person who teaches and trains an athlete or performer
: a person who teaches and trains the members of a sports team and makes decisions about how the team plays during games
: a private teacher who gives someone lessons in a particular subject
As a career and life coach, what I do is no different than what these great men have done on courts and fields. The primary goal of any coach is to ensure you will see your best self, understand how you can apply your abilities to your teams and those around you, and make and keep you accountable to reaching the heights you have for yourself.
Let me point out that I wrote heights, not goals. For most they are one in the same. The word goals often has the same effect on people as the dreaded interview question "where do you see yourself in five years." It's not that we don't know, but that there are so many options, journeys and opportunities available to us.
I like to identify the possibilities you can attain (heights) and create step-by-step goals to attain them. Make sense?
My coaching process is simple. Leadership, mentorship and relationship are at the core of my belief and coaching practice. Through a series of questions from our initial consultation, I can learn more about you. These questions and your answers provide me insight into your primary challenges and desires. It's also what you don't say, and we discuss that too. From there and depending on your primary desire we will craft a plan, add milestones, and highlight immediate next steps.
Coaching is a process. As the great men mentioned above exemplified, it takes attention, compassion, focus and a willingness to champion you to your next great moment.