Coffee with Markus Season 2 – Episode 6

“If you really want something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” ~ Markus Heitkoetter
#MarkusSays No. 32

This real world reminder of the importance of an effective coach was all too perfect! And exactly how I see the reciprocal relationship between myself and my students.

I also think this snippet from an article from Forbes accurately summarizes effective coaching

“1) Building the relationship. It’s easier to learn from someone you trust. Coaches must effectively establish boundaries and build trust by being clear about the learning and development objectives they set, showing good judgment, being patient and following through on any promises and agreements they make.

2) Providing assessment. Where are you now and where do you want to go? Helping others to gain self-awareness and insight is a key job for a coach. You provide timely feedback and help clarify the behaviors that an employee would like to change. Assessment often focuses on gaps or inconsistencies, on current performance vs. desired performance, words vs. actions and intention vs. impact.

3) Challenging thinking and assumptions. Thinking about thinking is an important part of the coaching process. Coaches ask open-ended questions, push for alternative solutions to problems and encourage reasonable risk-taking.

4) Supporting and encouraging. As partners in learning, coaches listen carefully, are open to the perspectives of others and allow employees to vent emotions without judgment. They encourage employees to make progress toward their goals, and they recognize their successes.

5) Driving results. What can you show for it? Effective coaching is about achieving goals. The coach helps the employee set meaningful ones and identify specific behaviors or steps for meeting them. The coach helps to clarify milestones or measures of success and holds the employee accountable for them.”

~ Now I would definitely add my own #6 to this list and it’s a very simple philosophy, and ultimately how I measure my success in guiding you down the path to achieving your financial goals.

6) “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he can eat for a lifetime.”

A great coach ultimately provides the support and guidance you need to effectively provide, not just for yourself, but those things that are most important to you and eventually on your own. The confidence to know that you’ve become ready to keep performing at the highest level, even after you’re no longer being held by the hand at every step is how I measure the success of a truly great coach.

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Coffee w Markus – Season 2 Episode 6

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