Back in the summer, Mark Garaway, writing on PitchVision, posted on how having a coaching philosophy will make you a better coach. Mark’s conclusion – it’s not only about the words (having a “mission statement” for your philosophy), but whether the coach lives and breathes their philosophy.
Adam Kelly has just taken a look at how the successful coaches define their philosophies. Truly inspirational. And the results of applying these philosophies proves their relevance – Gold medals, World Cup wins, Tour de France success.
So, perhaps I need a philosophy for my own coaching.
It needs to be simple (I can’t remember anything too complicated). It needs to be jargon-free (it needs to be readily understood). And (because they always are) my statement of coaching philosophy needs to be short.
OK. With due acknowledgement to a colleague at work who, when asked to propound his sales philosophy, replied simply “just sell”, here is my philosophy of coaching.
It is simple, jargon-free and short, but (I hope) at the same time more subtle than it might at first appear. Continue reading “Towards a philosophy of coaching”