“Helping others is a good thing, but even the most well-intentioned attempts can be undermined by a simple truth: We almost always focus on “fixing” people – correcting problems or filling the gaps between where they are and where we think they should be. Unfortunately, this doesn’t inspire sustained learning or positive change. Even when people do respond, they often do so out of obligation rather than motivation,” explain the authors of the book, Helping People Change: Coaching With Compassion For Lifelong Learning And Growth.
- Having a personal vision is one of the most powerful ways to engage neurologically and emotionally. Plus, great coaches know that people draw energy from their visions and dreams, and that same energy sustains their efforts to change, even through difficult times.
- Encourage and train staff to peer coach in pairs or teams.
- Train managers and executives to provide coaching to their direct reports and maybe even peers.
- Provide access to internal or external coaches (people professionally trained as coaches and typical certified by some professional group).
And, thank you to the book's three authors!