We’ve all been “coached” in one way or another; whether informally or a structured program. We can think of someone that has influenced, tested, inspired or frankly pestered us enough to spur us in the direction or development we needed.
What is it that differentiates a good coach from the rest? Many “coaches” are individuals that may just be in your life at the right time and place, or have the instincts to see something in you that you may not yet have seen yourself.
Is it chemistry, skill, or special training that’s needed to be a good coach? These things are important; however it is also true, that the best and most effective coaching develops from a relationship. Like any relationship – it can be deep or passing – but the right timing, receptivity and “give and take” have emerged as the common denominators for successful coaching partnerships.
Although “coaching” and “mentoring” are different, both include TRUST.
Mahoney’s coaching philosophy is one of relationship building; and focuses on the unique attributes and accomplishments built along-side the coachee.
We have the common denominator for higher coaching success – a relationship; fostered by a commitment of time and continual communication, and most importantly; a culture that values this investment!
Out of curiosity, I asked this question to my young adult son:
“What was the best coaching You’ve received?”
Was it from his Dad and me? His grandpa? a football coach, or maybe his Tai Kwon Do Master? He said the best coaching advice he received was from an instructor “Duke” that he assisted for 2 years, and the take-a-way was this:
“To Choose My Attitude” my son said.
“Duke’s” paraphrased message was this:
“…The impact of attitude on life is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures or successes, it matters more than appearance, giftedness or skill. We have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace. This is what we have control of…”
We hold the greatest amount of influence in our development by simply choosing to do so. It isn’t always about luck or having the most charismatic coach, even though that’s great! It’s about the partnership and what we bring to it.
If you’re looking for a great team to work for, let’s talk. And if you have any questions about this blog, please reach out to our friendly Human Resources Manager, KrissAnn Schmidt, at Mahoney.
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