How many times have you launched into a conversation that did not have a clearly defined outcome in mind? I’ve found that 80% of the success of a coaching appointment is determined in the first 5 minutes. It is during that phase when the coach helps a leader define what they want to achieve.
Here are three questions you can use to help leaders focus:
- What do you want to focus on today?
- What would you like to leave with from today?
- What would a “win” look like for you today?
It’s not often that I endorse a coaching event, but the World Business & Executive Coach Summit (WBECS) is unique! You get to learn from over 50 of the most brilliant minds and successful coaches in one place. For those of us in ministry and see coaching as a tool to develop leaders, it is like going to the Global Leadership Summit (WIllow Creek Association) to hear from experts in related fields – but on the topic of coaching.
Each year they bring together world-class experts and sought-after coaches who you’d usually have to pay thousands of dollars for to hear them speak at conferences and events.
At WBECS during the Pre-Summit, you get to learn from them (live!) at absolutely no cost.
Whether you coach church planters, pastors, network leaders or missionaries – you will benefit from the content you glean from the experts in diverse fields. I am committed to develop my knowledge base on coaching, as well as developing you and your knowledge base. It is really fun to draw upon new insights from let’s say, the neuro-science of coaching; then apply it to coaching church multiplication leaders.
You can register for as many online classes as you like and they even upgraded the event this year with focused Round Tables, Implementation Mastery Sessions and more exciting opportunities to learn and engage.
Click here to learn more and secure your spot before the most popular sessions are full!
To continue on the theme of disciplemaking movements this year, I propose a guiding question for you and those you coach:
How can you engage a person to take a step forward, who is searching for something more in life?
Reflect on that for a moment.
- Who do you know in that space?
- How would you answer this question for yourself?
- Who are you coaching that needs to ask this question, of the people they are developing?
I look forward to reading your response below.
A few months ago I was visiting Stanford University. During my stay I enjoyed a lecture by Dr. Tina Seelig on Creativity. As I listened, I reflected on how the process she described related so well to coaching.
In fact, the more I listened, the more I could see the natural connections. She described her Innovation Engine. It is made up of two components: the Interior (those things we control) & the Exterior (those thing the environment dictates). Three areas make up each component that are intimately connected as seen in the mobius strip.
When you coach a person you are tapping into their ability to think differently than they normally think. That is why you are coaching them in the first place. If they could do it alone then they would not need you.
Not too long ago I was meeting with a leader who was stuck. She wanted to reflect on the next season of life and work, but was unable to get there on her own. Through asking questions and helping her reflect on where she sensed God calling her to do, she made a significant adjustment in her vision. She ended-up downsizing her ministry which eventually led to a new assignment altogether. What might seem like a straight forward process is oftentimes confusing when you are the one in transition.
Here is a TED Talk entitled Crash Course on Creativity by Tina Selig to give you a framework for creativity so that you can coach more intentionally in this area.
Walt Disney was a Creative. In his book “The Wisdom of Walt: Leadership Lessons from the Happiest Place on Earyh” by Jeffrey Barnes writes about the dream Walt had of creating a place for his girls to play while sitting on a bench in Griffith Park.
Griffith Park, the ‘Central Park of Los Angeles,’ allows both proximity and perspective. It is nestled high on a hill that sits between downtown L.A., Hollywood, and the Disney Studio in Burbank.
It makes me wonder how ideas come to people. Walt was reflecting, thinking, day-dreaming! Then he began to wonder.
“There should be a place where children and parents can have fun together.” And in that moment, the dream of Disneyland was born.
This is the beginning of a wonderful journey that eventually led to a family-friendly theme park, like not other on the planet. The author continues:
Have you ever done that? Have you ever been sitting somewhere, doing ‘nothing,’ and suddenly, an idea comes to you? An idea “pops” into your head, and your imagination begins to run wild with possibilities. Suddenly, you, like Walt, have a dream.
I believe, along with Dr. Barnes that each of us has the capacity to dream, be creative, innovative. Creativity & Innovation can be nurtured, developed, groomed. There is always room for improvement but the innate ability to think differently than others, is part of our make-up; that is, being made in the image of God.
- Have you wondered how to develop your creativity?
- Are you aware of the skills that facilitate innovation?
- Where would you start if you were interested in growing your creativity & innovation quotient?
A good place to begin is the Innovation & Creativity Profile (scroll down the page to the Creativity menu). You will learn about the 8 skills that facilitate the capacity to dream. And identify your strengths and weaknesses so that you can begin your journey.