Coaching

Significant Leadership : How to find where it lies

Take a look at the accompanying visual. Visuals simplify the appearance of complex reality. With the caveat of this being a conceptual model, it is still a useful one to find our place in the world. Significant leadership is the space where your greatest competence, your greatest passion and the world’s greatest need overlap. Where does one begin? Sachin Tendulkar began with his passion, and you might be surprised to know it was not batting! Tendulkar wanted to become a tearaway fast-bowler. When he went for Dennis Lillee’s fast-bowling camp, Lillee saw him bat and told him to forget about fast bowling. Isn’t that interesting? One of the greatest batsman in modern times needed feedback on his greatest competence! What comes in the way of identifying our competence? Ironically, it is the sheer ease of it, so much so that we do not think about it at all. What comes easy to us is dismissed. You can reflect on what is it you find very easy to do that is something of a task for your peer group ( people who…

Doing what we love. Not quite.

There is a widespread belief that once we know what we love doing, everything will fall in place for us. I believe it is worthwhile to know who we are first. Rather than figuring out what we love to do. In figuring out what we love,we tie ourselves in knots.We look for a pedestal.We stand our ground to know what we are. That does not mean it is easy. I have taken a long time to know who I am. And my answer takes on subtle shades of meaning when I continue asking. The answer can change, but that is fine. As long as what I do is an outcome of who I really am at one specific point in time, I believe I can cherish the work as a form of self-expression, as a means of contribution. Even if I change later on. I accept everything, including my responsibility for the actions, and their consequences. Of course, what we love matters & matters a lot. And if we truly love something, it is an expression of what we are.…

Coaching – A basic introduction

At its simplest, coaching is a one-to-one learning conversation. In the conversation, if one person asks more than he tells, and builds upon previous questions, we can call it an elementary form of coaching. Asking questions is what coaching boils down to. We can trace this art to Socrates- perhaps, the world’s first coach. Going by this historic legacy, coaching has been around for a long time. Coaching as a practice with coaching models and frameworks is only a few decades old. This development was spurred on in 1974 by the publication of a book, called ‘The Inner game of Tennis’ by Timothy Gallwey, a tennis coach. The word ‘’inner’’ was used to refer to a player’s internal state or, in Gallwey’s words, “the opponent within one’s own head who is more formidable than the one the other side of the net”. Gallwey challenged the tennis coach to do away with instruction – telling the player what to do or not to do. Instead, if the coach can help the player remove the internal obstacles (self-limiting beliefs, negative assumptions) to…