A coach walked up to a woman training in the gym, today.
She was clearly athletic, and her squat was quite pretty. Only a slight issue with the hips that may suggest she has a glute activation issue.
The interaction was completely wrong. The coach started off immediately by pointing out what was going wrong, instead of reinforcing all that she did correctly. As such, she seemed taken aback and angered. I’m sure anything else that was said was lost on her.
Oh, yeah…the coach?
Coaches are humans, too.
Sometimes we make mistakes. This was an odd situation for me because I NEVER interrupt anyone’s workout to give unsolicited advice, and I only approached her because we have good rapport. Well, I guess I should say HAD good rapport. I’m not sure now.
Coaching is tough. It requires you to learn people, and how to deal with them. This isn’t really something you ever fully “get”. One of the reasons why I love leadership and coaching so much is that the journey of learning never ends. Today was an example of this, and I spent some time in reflection, wondering how I could have veered off.
I know better than this, and I felt horrible for coming across as arrogant. However, I am also thankful for the learning experience, which reminded me to never be complacent with people’s feelings and motivation.
I’ll apologize tomorrow, and living and learning will go on.
This is coaching.