John Radshaw offers what I feel is an incredibly apt definition of what it means to be a coach. He says that coaching is:
“Systematically increasing the capability and work performance of someone by exposing him or her to work-based tasks or experiences that will provide the relevant learning opportunities, and giving feedback to help him or her learn from them.”
He’s absolutely right. As a coach, though, you need to know how to get your mentee started – how do you jumpstart the learning process?
There are three things that need to be in place before you can teach anyone anything. They are:
If these three main points do not exist you will have a very difficult time facilitating the learning process. Take the time to review your situation before you get started. Doing so will enable to you make the changes necessary to ensure you are successful.