When the results we’ve always gotten equal mediocre performance, what should we do? It’s said that Einstein remarked, “Doing the same thing again and again expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.” Repeating what we have always done will doubtless get us the results we have always gotten.
Often, getting an organization to that next level–the one where you’re not just meeting goals, but surpassing them and moving into almost unimaginable territory–can be tricky. It’s not always obvious how to move beyond business as usual, particularly when business as usual has gotten strong results up to this point.
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.
An organizational Transformation is no small task, with the seemingly impossible demand to reach hundreds, thousands, or even hundred thousands of people sometimes on every continent on the planet. JMJ Co-founder, Joseph Friedman, spoke with JMJ Global Client Manager Billy Afghan about the value of commitment and what it takes to cause a cultural safety Transformation in large organizations that can reach around the world.
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?’