We business types seem to have a need to put things in nice, neat boxes with a different label for each. (This is, in part, one of those "Analysis vs. Synthesis" things). Leadership--Coaching--Talent Management--Performance Management--Communication. . .
Management coaching is simply about helping to bring about behavioral change (what and how people say and do things). I think if we looked at ourselves as "changers"--and left the rest of the fluff alone--it might help us stay more easily focused on what we're really charged with doing. Yes, I know we don't change other people--they opt to make changes or not. But the idea kind of rings true with me because I find focus in simplicity.
Managers usually accept that "managing change" is inherent in their title. I wonder if managers would "coach" more if it were suggested that they spend individual time with each of their people on "changes".
That's my stream-of-consciousness today. Any thoughts from your experiences?
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