I just watched a great video from John Whitmore about the difference between coaching and instruction – or asking vs telling. It really brings to life how a person who is being coached really takes ownership of their learning, and is more engaged in their development. Take a look and see what you can learn from it….you might be surprised.
What do you learn from that golfing example that you could apply in the workplace?
As Peter Hawkins summarises so well in his book Creating a Coaching Culture: “The dominant leadership style of the mid-twentieth century of command and control is no longer fit for purpose. Such a leadership culture is over-reliant on a few leaders at the top of the organization, who can never see the complexities of the whole system. It also fails to utilize the intelligence and collective knowledge that reside in other parts of the system. With changing social values, command and control leaders can no longer expect a deferential workforce”.
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