For the past several months, I have been immersed in the discovery of how basic coaching skills can be applied to my work with Encompass World Partners. Of course, we are not referring to a basketball or tennis coach, but the more primary definition of someone who comes alongside another to bring out the best in him or her. Coaching at its heart is about listening to the coachee, exploring other perspectives, and helping the coachee to follow through on action steps that he or she owns (very little direct input from the coach).
Through Skype and GoToMeeting, I have connected with a group of ten coaches across the globe. Each of them connect with at least one other colleague on a regular basis, to help each coachee implement the ministry action plan.
At the end of July, we gathered together in Atlanta to compare notes, get better acquainted, and refine our skills through input from Keith Webb, a renowned coach trainer. Others came along to explore their potential as future coaches.
In the weeks to come, I will seek to imbed the idea of coaching deeper still in the fabric of who we are as an organistaion and how we function. These are exciting days, as I continue to learn more about coaching and help others to do likewise, all with the goal of our collective effectiveness and fruitfulness in what we do. Good stuff!