When you look at teams that overachieve and out perform, the common denominator is often coaching. Coaching makes a difference. We have seen great coaches, good coaches and indifferent coaches throughout our careers. The great ones share some things in common. On this week’s GAINcast we discuss the common characteristics of coaching excellence.
Notes and quotes
Vern recently wrote about 13 characteristics of coaching excellence. We go in depth on all of those points and more on this episode.
- 3:45 – Excellence.
- 5:30 – Technical expertise: “Technical proficiency is important, but it can be learned. I have seen great coaches who are average to slightly above average in this category who have excelled because they made up it for in other areas. “
- 8:00 – Learners.
- 10:30 – Vision. “It’s not enough to just have a vision. Great leaders and great coaches have a clear vision of what they want to achieve and a thorough understanding of how to turn that vision into action. “
- 11:15 – Life balance.
- 13:00 – Communicator: “Understand that communication is not just talking but listening and observing makes a difference. “
- 15:00 – Emotional intelligence.
- 16:45 – Flexible and core values: “Have a clearly defined system but knowing when to deviate and adapt to different personnel and environments. “
- 20:45 – Change engineers.
- 21:45 – Strengths and weaknesses.
- 22:30 – Persistence, drive, and determination.
- 25:00 – Mindset: “Mindset has become a cliche, but a growth mindset is still necessary. The best coaches think about possibilities and not roadblocks. “
- 26:00 – Self-efficacy.
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- You can read more about each of these points in Vern’s recent post.