Here at JMJ, we often talk about the benefits of coaching to the individual, teams and the organisation. Usually, though, little or no consideration is given to what a Coach/Mentor gains from Coaching or Mentoring.
The English term ‘coach’ is derived from a medium of transport that traces its origins to the Hungarian word ‘kocsi’ meaning ‘carriage,’ named after the village where carriages were first made. The first use of the term ‘coaching’ to mean an instructor or trainer arose around 1830 in Oxford University slang for a tutor who ‘carries’ a student through an exam.
I believe a primary role of the coach is to create an environment where the most effective coaching can take place. For the coach, this means being a committed thought partner, listening intently to the expression of their client. A coach must ask incisive questions, igniting curiosity and creativity.
Organisations often design and redesign roles in order to ‘fit’ people into those roles, allowing workplace performance to be defined by job descriptions. Objectives and deliverables are created by these job descriptions rather than by asking individuals, ‘What inspires you?’ or, ‘What would you like to achieve?’
Whether in business or in our personal lives, when we make an investment, we want a good return. It is easy to know whether we’ve made a good investment–if we put in $100 and get $175 back, we’d most likely declare this a good Return on Investment (ROI).