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.
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?’