My experience at a Las Vegas coaching conference... and the audience's response.
Sometimes improvisation comes in handy...I'm never sure what to expect at a session, so my advice is: keep it simple - less is more.
David Matthew Prior, MCC
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Saddle River, New Jersey
David Matthew Prior @dmprior
I’ve been invited to be a panelist this evening at the New York City International Coach Federation (ICF) to discuss topic the Coaching Mastery. The first thought that came to my mind was humility. After all, how can one really profess to being a “master” of anything? George Leonard, in his book on the subject, describes the route to mastery as follows: “The people we know as masters don’t devote themselves to their particular skill just to get better at it. The truth is, they love to practice. And because of this, they do get better…ultimately, practice is the path of mastery.”
Perhaps the occupational title of Senior Coaching Practitioner might be more apt given Leonard’s framing above. My own path to mastering coaching has been a life long journey informed by family of origin, formal education, theatre, teaching, and the study and practice of coaching itself. Today, my inquiry into coaching mastery has involved reading about many of the researched fields that inform coaching (e.g., psychology, adult learning theory, the science of human performance, etc.) as well as fueling own passion for creativity, play and improvisation - which will be shared in an upcoming blog post. Stay tuned!
I invite you to share your own take on coaching mastery by posting a comment to this blog.
Myth, Dream or Destiny?
Over the past 5 years, I have delivered scores of week-long offsite training sessions in multiple countries at the 'manager of others' level. During the course, we spend one day focused on coaching – what it is, what it’s not; when to coach and when not to; how to and how not to. Of all the sessions offered during the week, coaching has consistently been the highest-rated by all of the participants. I don’t sell coaching to them; the coaching experience sells itself.
Over time, I have carefully watched the quality of relationship connection that evolves when these managers, many never having met each other before, coach one another. They genuinely and generously listen with respect while partnering to find an optimized solution for a real-time organizational or business problem, challenge or opportunity.
At the end of the week, the managers look at me with mixed jubilation in their eyes as they ask: “David, I really like coaching, and I could see using it with my direct reports and even practicing it with my peer group, but the person who really needs coaching the most is my boss. How do I coach up?”
There’s nothing like a powerful question to get us started.
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