You, the Coach!
During a long layover at the Atlanta airport, sports games were on every available screen. I observed the loud collective cheers and groans….and then I watched the close-up shots of the coaches. Such a difference in style, experience, and results!
That got me thinking. If there was a “close-up” of your family business team leader, what would we see? If you had a choice, would you want to follow him or her again?
An eye-opening exercise from one of my workshops has attendees identifying and remembering a really good coach from their past from sports, music, drama, speech, FFA, 4-H. I then have them list the qualities that made that person a good coach. Here are some of the frequent results:
She painted a clear picture of the goals and identified the game plan.
She could envision the future and outcome which lead to focus and strategy. Understanding the reasons and resources built motivation and commitment; being flexible to adapt created longevity. We all wanted to play for her.
He explained things so I could understand; then made sure I did. And he listened to me, kept an eye open for opportunities, asked for my ideas and respected my input.
He understood that people are not...