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Coaching is Not Limited to Athletes
Posted: October 01, 2009

Supervisors, as you watch your favorite team perform on the field this season, take a minute to look on the sidelines and spot the coaches that support the athletes. A coach does more than offer strategic words of encouragement, although mental attitude is key to performance. By definition, a coach is someone who instructs players in the fundamentals of a competitive sport and directs team strategy. As a supervisor, an important part of your job responsibility is to fulfill the responsibilities of a coach to your employees.

Less experienced employees more easily recognize their need for their leaders to function in this role. However, seasoned employees may think that they might not need the assistance of a leader’s coaching skills to improve their job performance and that a coach could not offer anything new.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone can benefit from coaching. Athletes and actors alike have long hired coaches to prepare for a specific competition or role. To that point, why does someone like Tiger Woods, a world-renowned, prize-winning golfer, have a coach?

Following are two reasons why all high-performing individuals have coaches, says professional coach Daniel Pendley:
 

  1. We cannot see our own mistakes; and
  2. If we are not getting better, we are getting worse. Technology continually affects the way we do things, so even to produce at current levels, improvement is necessary. Not making improvements or standing still really means falling behind, and as any sports coach knows, spending time thinking about last season is unproductive.
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