"We need a coaching culture "
This is a common theme I hear when I speak with organizations and I ask them what a current need or opportunity is. But what is a culture of coaching? Is it a culture of continuous feedback, a culture of always wanting others to succeed and improve, a culture of the collective moving towards a better state rather than only individual successes?
Coaching to me is the ability and communication of your observations, thoughts and feelings with the goal of providing honest, transparent, factual information for the purpose of improving a person's skill, mindset or ability. But why do we do it and why is it an important part of organizations? I have a theory. We are moving from an individual, results driven organizational view to a more collective, community based mindset. The story in the workplace has typically been all about the individual. The personal, inward desire to get results, get promoted, and celebrate successes at an individual level.
But I think a shift is happening with people in organizations today in how we operate and improve. The success of an individual is never based on just that one person. To improve, to learn, to get better and to succeed depends on the effort of many - directly and indirectly. And I believe the success of the many provides the most satisfaction in a person's life. The most fulfillment. We win when we all win - together. We celebrate successes when we all get better as a collective. On top of all this, there is a realization circulating that what drives happiness in people is not the material objects we have in life, our wealth, our titles in our work or the experiences we've been through. The key to happiness is the strength of the relationships you have in your life, both personally and professionally. And to me I think coaching provides that window to that fulfilling life.
“The No. 1 predictor of happiness,” he said, is the “quality time we spend with people we care about and who care about us. In other words, relationships.”
Think about this. When you've coached someone in your life, with the goal of helping them improve, their perspective, their mindset for the better - how satisfying was it to you knowing what you've done has made such a positive impact to their lives? How fulfilling has that relationship become?
As a long time benefactor of amazing coaching and my desire to help those that I engage with personally and professionally, I'm excited to be enrolled in the UBC Certified Organizational Coach (COC) program this coming September. Most importantly I'm excited to be a student again to learn and apply these new skills towards helping individuals and organizations in today's world.