Came across a review of a book that looks very promising. “Igniting The Third Factor” by Dr. Peter Jensen. Peter has worked with Fortune 500 companies in 8 countries to enhance performance. He has coached star athletes at the Olympics as well as business leaders across industries. He is the Founder of one of Canada’s premier training companies- Performance Coaching Inc.
Some books have hit the market decisively and spawned a series of me toos. One such book published first in May 1992 was ” Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus ” by Dr. John Gray. He has been called the best selling relationship author of all time. This book was on the bestseller list of the New York Times for more than six years! More than 40 million books were sold in 45 languages all over the world.
Young professionals who feel that their independence and freedom to innovate have been curtailed, older professionals who feel their experience and ideas are not being given the merit they deserve and assorted others who have their own complaints, often feel the CXO is less than human. He/she is blamed for everything that has gone wrong. Frequently, their image is nothing short of being tyrannical.
Marshall Goldsmith is one of the world’s most renowned executive coaches. His recent book ” What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” speaks of what it takes to become successful in today’s business world. Goldsmith argues that approaches that guaranteed success till now, need not necessarily guarantee success from now on!
“We’ve gotten so used to every generation doing better economically than their parents. Are our kids going to do better than we’ve done? I hope so, but I’m not sure. So it seems like we ought to tell them that socioeconomic wealth is not the only, or even the most important, metric of personal happiness.” This extract is from an interesting interview with Greg Brenneman in the New York Times. Greg is the Chairman of CCMP Capital, a premier private equity firm.
It’s amazing how people all over the world share similar thoughts. The incident I refer to took place a few days ago. A friend who was visiting from the US expressed a lot of surprise at my knowledge of the state of the US economy. She was surprised when I told her that I -living in distant Bangalore, India-read several US newspapers and journals almost every day- apart from reading many blogs of others in my profession as an executive coach.
It is increasingly expected that managers- irrespective of the nature of the business they are in- coach their teams to attain better results. However, as you look around , you soon find that coaching does not come naturally or even easily to all managers. Some make efforts and give up when they find it more complex than they imagined it to be. Others give up when they don’t see dramatic results immediately. Keeping in mind the traditional outlook of a large number of typical managers, here are my 7 Barriers to Coaching:-
At the coaching session we discussed how the coachee was progressing since we last met. The conversation got around to a problem she still faced. ” It’s getting to be very difficulty to motivate this chap in my team” she said. ” I am trying to motivate him but it doesn’t seem to work”. I asked her to reflect on all that she had done. At the end of the session, she suddenly remarked ” You know something. I feel there is just so much I can do. At the end of the day, he has to motivate himself”. This was an important realization. We can’t motivate others but we can create an environment and work conditions in which they feel motivated.