was a music major in college and spent countless hours practicing in high
school and college. Somewhere along the way, I was introduced to Timothy
Galwey’s book The Inner Game of Music,
and this book influenced the way I began to approach performing and teaching
music. Galwey created the “Inner Game Equation”:
= potential – interference”
musicians struggle with interference caused by their minds, and the most
successful musicians are able to effectively minimize this interference. While
there is a physical component to music making, I realized my mind played a role
on my ability to improve as a performer, and the same held true for the
students I taught. An effective music teacher can help musicians build on their
potential and also reduce the amount of interference. I was able to enhance my
students’ musical abilities by encouraging them to reflect on their performance
rather than telling them exactly what needed to be done.
progressed through leadership roles and earned a Ph.D. in leadership, I observed
many organizations struggle to develop leaders. I began to learn about leadership
coaching and realized there is a connection between the Inner Game guru Timothy Galwey and leadership coaching. Galwey
partnered with Sir John Whitmore who is a founder of modern coaching. His book Coaching for Performance is considered
an essential read by many coaching experts.
John Whitmore wrote, “Coaching is unlocking people’s potential to maximize
their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them”
(Coaching for Performance 5th edition).
organizational cultures are built around someone in authority directing others
what to do. By adopting a coaching approach, leaders help those around them to
be more reflective and aware. Leaders can help build the capacities of
individuals to be more engaged, responsive, and responsible for their work. This
change in mindset can develop organizations that are more effective, efficient,
adaptable, and innovative.
can help enhance organizational leadership by providing assessments, developing
customized development plans, and coaching leaders.
your organization focus on instructing people what to do or teaching people how
to learn? How can we help you build a coaching mindset among your team?