Are some people just “UNCOACHABLE”?

Coach_Screaming_shutterstock_80659435.jpgThere is a widely accepted belief among leaders and coaches that some people are considered uncoachable.  This belief is rooted in observations the coaches have made about their learners. “He doesn’t pay attention to the presentation” or “She doesn’t seem to understand the material she’s reading.”  The idea that the problem lies with the person being coached is a misconception that never leads to a positive resolution. Effective and successful coaching requires a belief that every person is willing to be receptive to information and guidance… it is simply a matter of learning how to deliver the information.  Every fortune stored in a safe can be procured with the right combination, but in order to procure the combination, a trusting relationship must be established.  Though there are many different types of learners, they all share some things in common.  The person must trust their coach.  “Does my coach genuinely care about me?” Being open to new information and new behaviors requires vulnerability usually gained by a trusted coach. Establishing relationships based on individuals’ needs versus establishing one singular relationship with the group is critical to far reaching and effective coaching.  Likewise, coaches must understand how to present information as something of value to the learner.  Instead of projecting his/her own value system on the group of learners; the most effective coach will take the time to get to know what the learner finds most valuable and beneficial. 

The goal of coaching is to encourage individuals to improve their own performance.  The most effective coaches are those who understand that their own adaption to different learners is the key to delivering their information to open minds.

Five take-a-ways to overcome the notion that anyone is uncoachable.

  1. Coaches must establish trust.
  2. Learners must be willing to receive information.
  3. Personalized approaches are most effective.
  4. Learners must consider the coaching valuable.
  5. Different learners require different coaching methods.

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