The Question Matters

A Fixer-Upper

Posted in Coaching,Next Generation Leaders by treyfinley1008 on October 23, 2009

There’s an old saying out there that organizations tend to “promote people to the point of ineffectiveness.”  That is, they move them up the hierarchy based on their performance in other areas when, in reality, their skills may not be nearly as effective in their new position.

It’s tempting when we’re unsure of ourselves–in a new relationship, a new job, a new church–to attempt to “fix.”  That is, our first instinct is to adapt our new environment to our own needs.  This is a basic human response and we shouldn’t apologize for it.  Nevertheless, we should call it what it is–a reptilian survival instinct.

Coaching is an outstanding adaptation technique, as well, especially for someone who considers himself an “expert” in the field who knows a lot more about a topic than those who answer to him.  A word of caution–it’s not as quick, and it’s not as easy.

Coaching teaches rather than tells.  It focuses on the skills and strengths of the person.  It creates long-lasting change, as opposed to the quick fix.  Telling, quick fixing, and bottom line approaches are tempting, but they miss the point.  Whether it’s business, home, friends, church, or any other context, the people matter more than the bottom line.

For a similar thought, head over to hear what one writer has said about the benefits of coaching.


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