a learning environment is a fundamental strategy

Leader as Coach #2

“……we’ve noticed that more and more of the companies we work with are investing in training their leaders as coaches. Increasingly, coaching is becoming integral to the fabric of a learning culture—a skill that good managers at all levels need to develop and deploy…..

The coaching we’re talking about—the kind that creates a true learning organization—is ongoing and executed by those inside the organization. It’s work that all managers should engage in with all their people all the time, in ways that help define the organization’s culture and advance its mission. An effective manager-as-coach asks questions instead of providing answers, supports employees instead of judging them, and facilitates their development instead of dictating what has to be done……….”


This is the second article of my series taking an extended look at the Leader as Coach article.

I am hoping as you receive this installment, your predicament has not worsened significantly.

If it has, or has not, I hope you can spend a little time to at least gain some distraction from all the bad news that is circulating, and look to this article as preparation for your new beginnings.

Creating a learning environment for your team, business or organisation is a fundamental strategy to long term success.

When I retired as Head Coach of the Australian Cricket team after winning the Cricket World Cup in the West Indies in 2007, I was asked at the post-match conference did you ever coach the perfect game.

As all coaches would know, this is a goal, that while not openly spoken about, is something that all coaches strive to achieve. The perfect game is defined by each coach in their own way, and, is somewhat sport specific.

But it generally means that there is a game plan designed for an opponent, and irrespective of what the opponent does, your team delivers on the game plan to the letter, thereby leading to a very dominant result being achieved.

So my response to the question was that we had come close a number of times to what I defined as the perfect game, but no, we had not achieved that type of result.

However, we had the Perfect Team.

The Perfect Team was one where all players tried to keep finding ways of improving their game – no matter whether they were a long-time player or new to the team.

As a coach, my principal job was to ensure that the environment which surrounded the players and support staff was one where there was always opportunity to grow and learn – about themselves, about their teammates, about the game, and about how we individually and collectively played the game.

Creating a culture that has as its core, mindset growth through constant challenge and learning, is a cornerstone to long term success.