Issue 172 - 03 | The Power of Positive Coaching

By Lee J. Colan, PhD & Julie Davis-Colan
Published Jan. 23, 2019 12:00 p.m.
“It wasn’t too long ago that having a business coach was like having a scarlet letter on your professional suit. Back then, most coaching was remedial—there was a problem that needed to be fixed. Today, having a coach has been elevated in status. Business leaders have realized what professional athletes have always known—having a coach produces better results. That’s a significant and necessary paradigm shift. Instead of symbolizing a problem, having a coach symbolizes a leader’s willingness to develop and grow as a person and a leader.

Research from the Korn Ferry Institute supports this paradigm shift in perceptions about coaching. The research found that most people rate “coaching and developing others” among the top three most important leadership competencies, according to 360-degree assessments. Although this competence is rated highly, it is consistently the least practiced competency worldwide. Why does this knowing/doing gap exist? Leaders say it is because they do not have enough time; they do not know a proven process; and/or they believe it will slow down their immediate performance.

These reasons—dare we say excuses—carry serious risks. If you don’t take the time to coach and develop team members now, you will pay for it later—guaranteed.”

About Lee J. Colan, PhD & Julie Davis-Colan | Lee J. Colan, Ph.D. is a high-energy executive advisor to leading companies, engaging presenter of practical ideas, and popular author. His 15 books have been read and applied by leaders at virtually every Fortune 500 company and thousands of smaller organizations.

Julie Davis-Colan is an innovative business consultant and author of six books. She coaches and encourages positive behavior change to enable thriving organizations and individuals. Julie’s passion for leadership and life create an infectious energy for clients and audiences.

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