Coaching as I see it. The role of Coach Mike Winslow as it relates to your success creating better health.
Depending on your experience and gender, the word coach could have several implications. For example, type in the word “coach” to Google Images and 95 percent of the images are from the Coach Leather Company – ladies, you know what I’m talking about. Maybe for the current or former college athlete the word coach could conjure up images of the famous basketball coach Bobby Knight. Any football fan is familiar with the name Vince Lombardi and if you are a St. Louis baseball fan, you no doubt have heard of Herzog, Torre and La Russa.
But coaching has evolved in recent years from being primarily associated with athletes to a much broader application in professions. Who hires or uses coaches today? CEOs, entrepreneurs, pastors, actors, singers, students and those who desire to make an improvement, either personally or professionally.
All coaches regardless of the sport or profession have at least one thing in common. The passionate desire for success and for winning however that is defined. In order to achieve this goal they have to bring out the best in the individual or individuals that make up the team.
What I bring to the table as a coach is insight, inspiration, and influence that can help my clients effect the change they are looking for in their lives.
Insight is gained by listening with an empathetic ear and asking the right questions. Inspiration is discovering that latent desire or dream within in a person that may be buried by experiences and past failures. Influence is exercising that gentle and encouraging sway down that road that we have defined as success.
The coaching I provide is based on relationship, trust and rapport – not the old fashioned idea of having you run wind sprints until you puke. However, as I coach, I am only half the equation. My clients still have to show up to the ball park, take the training, study, swing the bat and run the bases. That said, success is possible for anyone willing to get into the game and play ball.