The Best Coaching Session You’ll Ever Have [PART 1]

The best coaching sessions always teach you something new about yourself.

If you’ve ever had a brake light out on your car, they’re the first to see it.  Or to tell you of the piece of food stuck in your teeth before you leave the restaurant.  And how the PGA instructor is able to find the subtle over-the-top move at the root of your slice.

Have you ever experienced this kind of coaching session?

The awkwardness that accompanies these kinds of conversations is enough to make leaders at all levels of an organization shudder.  Getting beneath the metrics gets uncomfortable.  But it’s exactly what’s needed to trigger big growth events in your people which ultimately, drives forward movement in organizations.

Creating awareness in you is like jet fuel to growth, isn’t it?

So…why don’t we have more conversations like these more often in organizations?

Perhaps, what we need is not another coaching session template, but instead, a coaching system that integrates coaching into the culture and operating rhythm of your organization.  Over time, the system should foster mini-conversations (as opposed to that one-time, dreadful event) that occur more often, in real-time, as the team is engaged in executing the growth strategy.

Spurring these conversations in organizations is akin to rainfall on new seed.  The seeds need the rain to sprout and build strong roots.  Your people need coaching conversations to expand their abilities and deliver results.

I am not advising against formally planned coaching or review sessions in organizations.  I am not suggesting you micro-manage your staff.  And, I am not suggesting that a coaching system negates the need for ‘getting the right people in the right seats’.

What I am suggesting is that people growth drives organizational growth.  If you have a desire to see your people grow, they need rainfall more than once or twice a year.

If over 70% of strategies fail due to poor execution, wouldn’t it be worth having a coaching system that will drive better coaching sessions, and consequently, strengthen your execution?

Left untouched, the bad habits get worse.  And so does the slice.  Consequently, we end up further from our vision, often facing new obstacles that require heroic efforts to recover.

I would love to hear from you.

Do you have this kind of coaching system in your business?  Is it integrated with your growth strategy?

If you could re-design a better coaching system for your organization, what’s one thing you would change?

Let me rephrase that….if you were a seed (getting ready to explode with growth), what would you crave more of?


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Founder Todd Garreston

With over 15 years of experience leading market share growth initiatives of top consumer brands in Fortune 500 and privately-held business environments, Todd Garretson advises and helps organizations identify new growth potential, craft strategy that moves people to action and enhance overall performance.

Having a passion for helping people and organizations to unlock dormant growth potential, Todd writes and speaks for audiences in three core areas: business growth strategy, leadership and personal / professional growth.

Residing in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Lauri, and their four children, weekends and free time are spent with family, coaching youth sports, and sharing his passion for fitness and nutrition.