The clay pigeon believes it was created to soar, lofting high above the trees, soaking up the sun. The bullet that shatters it is always an abrupt surprise. The many pieces scatter and fall with no rhythm or purpose. If the pigeon knew it’s future, it would focus all it’s power clinging to it’s stack rather than hoping to one day fly.
We live in a Skeet culture.
“Skeet shooting is a recreational and competitive activity where participants, using shotguns, attempt to break clay disks mechanically flung into the air from two fixed stations at high speed from a variety of angles.” — Wikipedia
Ever thrown up an idea lately? People from various angles take aim and shoot without any concern that your idea was meant to soar high above the trees and soak up the sun.
Have you been thrust into leadership lately? I’m not sure our culture has seen a leader lately it has been unable to despise.
Don’t misunderstand the gunners, they don’t have a better idea, and they certainly don’t want to lead. They defend the status quo and even defend the descent into chaos. “Who do you like for President in this next election?” you might ask them. When forced to examine who they might support, the gunner might just prefer leaving the position open for four years and see what happens. If you suggest a restaurant, they’d rather eat week old roadkill. What would they suggest? Anywhere is fine.
A coaching culture doesn’t shoot Skeet. A coaching culture takes the task of getting from here to there with an optimistic seriousness. A coaching culture first examines the desired destination from all angles. Then it develops a tentative plan. As obstacles rise into view, a coaching culture takes a careful review, learns from everyone involved, and often after a vigorous debate, chooses and acts on the best course, never forgetting the destination desired in the first place.
A coaching culture refuses to blame, refuses to quit, and refuses to wait. A coaching culture is quick to learn, quick to adjust, and quick to lean into the strengths that present themselves. A coaching culture is carefully built, championed from the top, and proven by great results.
Do we have a coaching culture?
What needs to change so we can do a better job reaching our destination?
What would be the next step in developing a coaching culture in your organization?