5 Shifts to be a Great Coach

5 Shifts to be a Great Coach

Learn how Collectives can help you make these shifts to raise your coaching game. 

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The impact of a coach on a team is tremendous. It can make the difference between winning and losing. Think Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors.

It is the same in disciplemaking and church planting. A leader with the right approach, who has developed the necessary skills and has the temperament to coach people to take action, has a tremendous advantage.

A group I worked with recently has a number of pastors and church planters learning the art of coaching. One leader shared the dramatic change in people when he has taken the coach approach. In several conversations when he was asked for advice, he turned to the individual and challenged them to reflect and brainstorm solutions for themselves. In just about every case, the people have responded enthusiastically and taken responsibility for their actions. This is the power of a coach approach.

Making this change is significant, strategic and sacrificial. Here are five shifts that occur when a leader moves from being indispensable to an empowering leader:

  • Shift from being viewed as the expert vs. viewing the other person as the expert
  • Shift from being the center of the conversation vs. supporting the other person
  • Shift from being the advice-giver vs. listener
  • Shift from being the creator of the agenda vs.hold the other person accountable for the agenda
  • Shift from being responsible to take action vs. empower the other person to take action

What could be the impact if you were to make these shifts?

  1. You will help people think for themselves, foster a high sense of ownership and take action!.
  2. You will expand your circle of influence so that you are not the only catalyst to lead an initiative, implement change or create a new culture.
  3. You will accelerate the process of:
    • Disciplemaking
    • Leadership development
    • Church Planting

Collectives are focused learning intensives to train you, and the leaders you are empowering, in the best practices of coaching to make those shifts.

Two Collectives are being offered this fall:

 

Strategy #3: Learn with and from other coaches

Strategy #3: Learn with and from other coaches

  • Strategy #1: Work with a coach mentor
  • Strategy #2: Receive feedback
  • Strategy #3: Learn with and from other coaches

What do you need to do, to take your coaching to the next level?

Learning Communities provide a great opportunity for leaders to learn with and from other coaches-in-training.

Christian Pulisic is a 19-year-old American soccer player that has made a name for himself with the German “Bundesliga” club – Borussia Dortmund.  At a very early age, he realized the impact of being around other players and coaches who were more experienced, more accomplished and more motivated to succeed.  Dortmund is known as a club that develops players, a sort of farm system or learning community to help players progress and take their game to the next level!

When leaders participate in a “learning community” to develop their coaching skills, mutual learning occurs when three virtues are shared with participants:

  1. Humility – leaders who are open to knew ideas
  2. Hunger- leaders who are motivated to grow in their understanding and practice of coaching
  3. Emotional Intelligence – leaders with a high level of self-awareness.

How can you truly become a world-class coach?

In 2007 a member of my board, Linda Miller asked me about certification. For those who don’t know, Linda is a pioneer in the coaching industry. As a consulting partner, trainer, and team facilitator with the Ken Blanchard Organization she has coached leaders around the world. Linda helped establish the International Coach Federation to raise the caliber of coaching worldwide. When she asked me that question, it caused me to think. 

As a result, I started my journey to develop my coaching skills. I’m not suggesting that people in ministry need certification. However, I am encouraging you as a leader who empowers disciplemakers, leaders and church planters, to take your development seriously.  If you are satisfied with the results you are getting and seeing disciples, leaders and church planters reproduce into the third and fourth generation – by all means, keep doing what you are doing; if not, you might want to consider raising your coaching game!

When should you take the next step in your development as a coach?

InFocus is excited to present an opportunity to sharpen your coaching effectiveness. The launch of the first Developing Coaching Excellence Collective is September 2018. This Collective is designed to assist leaders who coach disciplemakers and church planting/multiplication leaders.  Last week I introduced my co-facilitator, Mukesh Azad, who is an Indian living in Delhi and leading a Business as Mission initiative.  He brings a refreshing view how his coaching business serves as a platform to enter communities while incarnating the gospel and being on-mission.  The more I witness the work of God around the world, the more I see God mobilizing people who are working in the marketplace use their gifts while making disciples and planting churches.  Read more about Mukesh and his expertise at the bottom of this page.  

I would consider it a privilege if you were able to join us.  Click here if you have questions or are interested in more information. 

3 STRATEGIES TO GROW YOUR COACHING MUSCLE

3 STRATEGIES TO GROW YOUR COACHING MUSCLE

Do you remember your first shot?  You were reassured; “it will only sting a little bit”.  Feedback is sometimes like that.

Here are three strategies to develop your coaching muscle:

STRATEGY #1: Work with a coach mentor

STRATEGY #2: Ask For & Receive Feedback

STRATEGY #3: Learn with and from other coaches

I’ve discovered that the feedback I receive is mostly appreciated – usually helpful.

I remember the feedback on my coaching through a formal, written assessment – from two experienced assessors. The introduction to the report was brutal. So harsh, that I put the report down. Weeks later when I picked-up the document again; I found their recommendations extremely helpful. However, I had some questions.

During my internal struggle to gain perspective, I missed the window of opportunity for inquiry to engage the assessors. Lesson learned!  If you are going to ask for feedback, be open to criticism.

Be prepared to accept what is genuinely helpful and reject feedback that does not accurately represent your experience and reality. Incidentally, this is a skill called “Self-Assessing” that is measured in the Online 360-degree Coach Assessment that I mention below.

There exists countless ways to receive feedback on your coaching. You can receive informal or formal feedback. In person, real-time or written. I have used and found each mode helpful.

I tend to lean on two types of feedback:

  • Real-time observation:  

Small group, triads and 1-1 coaching sessions provide an opportunity for real-time feedback. The “fish-bowl” of group coaching gives participants opportunities to practice their coaching with timely feedback from individual of the group as well as a competent assessor. In addition, when asked in a 1-1 coaching session, feedback can requested to give you a sense of how you are helping the other person through listening and asking questions (for instance).

  • Qualitative Assessment:

Using a 90-degree, 180 or Online 360-degree Coach Assessment; coaches solicit feedback from people they have coached. Multiple people are asked to assess the leader using the Online Coach Assessment 360-degree how she/he demonstrated the essential skills of coaching. The result is a clarifying experience.

The combination of soft + hard data; group + individual; real-time + deferred; makes for a robust experience to develop your coaching excellence.

InFocus is excited to give you an opportunity to sharpen your coaching effectiveness. The launch of the first Developing Coaching Excellence Collective is September 2018. This is uniquely designed to assist leaders who coach disciplemakers and church planter/multiplication leaders.

Since certification is a priority for some, the 10 hours of the Developing Coaching Excellence Collective are applicable to the International Coach FederationCoach Mentor Requirement for the:

  • Associate Certified Coach – ACC
  • Professional Certified Coach – PCC
  • Master Certified Coach – MCC.

If this is a need you have and would like more information, please contact me direct – click InFocus.

Here are a couple of related resources:

MANAGING POOR PERFORMANCE STORYBOARD

MANAGING POOR PERFORMANCE: COACHING GUIDE WITH STORYBOARD

POOR PERFORMANCE HANDLING STYLE MINI-PROFILE

MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVENESS PROFILE – SELF

MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVENESS PROFILE – 180

MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVENESS PROFILE – 360

3 STRATEGIES TO GROW YOUR COACHING MUSCLE

3 STRATEGIES TO GROW YOUR COACHING MUSCLE

I’m sure you see the similarities and are wondering if that photo above is “Gary”; honestly, it is NOT me!.

Here are three strategies to develop your coaching muscle.

 

STRATEGY #1: Work with a coach mentor

STRATEGY #2: Receive feedback

STRATEGY #3: Learn with and from other coaches

 

Let me unpack the “Why?” before the “How?”

Why is it important to sharpen my coaching skills?  I am assuming if you are reading this blog that coaching is a muscle you exercise on a regular basis to develop people. Here are three contexts that ministry leaders flex their coaching muscle:

  • Local Church: Pastors and church planters developing leaders in a local church
  • Network: Leaders mobilizing disciplemakers & church planters within a neighborhood, city, state, region or nation
  • International: Leaders who catalyze multiplication movements across borders

If you coach in one or more of the three categories above, then you make coaching a priority in your schedule; and developing your coaching skills is a necessity!

You understand, to extend your reach that you must empower and coach. This is why coaching is an essential muscle that needs to be exercised. It is not a management tool. Coaching is an empowerment tool!

How can I sharpen my coaching skills?  One of the most fruitful experiences of my development as a coach was was to work with a mentor coach. In fact, this last year I worked with two different mentor coaches, one female (Kim) the other male (Sam). “How was this helpful?” you ask.

  • Reason #1: Fresh insights
  • Reason #2: New perspectives

These caused me to rethink my process. Plain and simple.

If you want to develop your coaching muscle – first, find a mentor coach. Someone who is a step ahead. Or has a different approach. Or new perspective. Find someone that can challenge you in areas that will help you empower disciple-makers and leaders from the grass-roots to the leader of a multiplication movement.

InFocus is excited to give you an opportunity to sharpen your coaching effectiveness. The launch of the first Developing Coaching Excellence Collective is September 2018. This is uniquely designed to support the development of leaders who coach disciple-makers, pastors, church planters and multiplication leaders.

Let me introduce my co-facilitator, Mukesh Azad.  I met Mukesh in 2016 while conducting a coach training workshop alongside a Disciple Making Movement training track.  One evening over dinner we discussed his vision to establish training centers to send out entrepreneurs to start businesses to fuel disciple-making and church planting movement; in some of the most difficult regions of the world.  As he scribbled his vision on a paper napkin I sensed the Lord had us meet for a particular purpose.  I am partnering with Mukesh to fuel this shared-vision in India and provide mentor coaching to leaders in the US.  Read more about Mukesh – click here, then go to the bottom.

Since certification is a priority for some, the 10 hours of the Developing Coaching Excellence Collective are applicable to the International Coach FederationCoach Mentor Requirement for the: 

  • Associate Certified Coach – ACC
  • Professional Certified Coach – PCC
  • Master Certified Coach – MCC.

If this is a need you have and would like more information, please contact me direct – click InFocus.

Here are a couple of related resources

LEARNING STYLES: SKILL BUILDER BOOKLET

LEARNING STYLES STORYBOARD

Remove Distractions for Focused Coaching

Remove Distractions for Focused Coaching

Chances are, if you are reading this blog – you have been coaching leaders for a while. You probably have a designated space for coaching appointments either in your office, or a quiet place in your home or your favorite “third” space e.g. Starbucks. You might be a pastor, church planter or denominational leader. Where-ever you meet with people or conference by phone; eliminating distractions is paramount.

Here are some common distractions that people endure during a typical workday:

  • e-mail
  • phone calls
  • people interruptions
  • multi-tasking (self-inflicted)
  • mind-wandering

The list goes on and on, but the environments in which we coach either enrich or detract from our ability to focus. Reality is, distractions are costly: Length of Distraction + 23 minutes & 15 seconds = True Length of Distraction. All well and good. But what can you and I do to combat & win the battle over distractions:

1. Create an uncluttered, “conversational” environment.

2. Shut-down devises – not in use.

3. Communicate to pertinent people (administrative assistant/family members/colleagues) your coaching hours.

4. Stop multitasking – you are not as productive as you think!  See How Distractions At Work Take Up More Time Than You Think.

5. Be present: there are many ways to do this. One way I’ve found helpful is a standing desk with a wooden, adjustable stool – see image above. Standing gives me the flexibility to walk around or shift my weight. A wooden stool is not built for comfort and forces me to stay alert! And is good for my back.

These are just a couple of tips to stay engaged during a coaching conversation. What suggestions do you have? Please share your wisdom below – I would love to hear your thoughts.

InFocus is launching it’s first Developing Coaching Excellence Collective to give you an opportunity to sharpen your coaching skills. This is uniquely designed to assist leaders who coach disciplemakers and church planter/multiplication leaders. In addition, since certification is a priority for some, the 10 hours are applicable to the International Coach Federation credentials including the

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC),
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • Master Certified Coach (MCC).

If this is a need you have and would like more information, please click here.

What is one action you will take today to minimize distractions to focus?

Here are a couple of related resources to develop your coaching excellence!

Coaching Skill Builder

Coaching Effectiveness Profile

Learn About the Church Planter COACH Collective

Learn About the Church Planter COACH Collective

One of the more fruitful experiences of my development as a coach was was to work with a coach mentor.  In fact, this last year I worked with two different coach mentors. “How was this helpful?” you ask.

  • Reason #1: fresh insights
  • Reason #2: new perspectives

They caused me to rethink my process. Plain and simple.

If you desire to grow and expand in your coaching – find a coach mentor. Someone who is a step ahead. Or has a different approach. Or new perspective. But most of all, find someone that can challenge you in areas that will help you empower leaders from the grass-root church planter to the leader of a multiplication movement.

InFocus is excited to give you an opportunity to sharpen your coaching effectiveness as you coach church planters and mentor other coaches in your network to do the same. 

Are you interested in learning more about the Church Planting COACH Collective? I would appreciate your feedback on a good time to hold the informational webinar based on the three time slots available, please click here so that we can schedule the best time to meet as a group, or individually. I look forward to connecting with you!

Learn about the two coach mentor options:

Option #1 – Missional Coach Development

  • Customized coach mentoring to develop your coaching effectiveness as you coach church planters and mentor leaders in your network, using a coach approach.

Option #2 – ICF Coach Competencies, Mentor Requirement

  • Customized coach mentoring for coaching church planters is available which can be utilized for your ICF, Coach Mentor Requirement for your ACC, PCC or MCC.

Here are a couple of related resources to cultivate a church planting movement:

CONTINUOUS MULTIPLICATION STORYBOARD 

CONTINUOUS MULTIPLICATION COACHING GUIDE WITH STORYBOARD