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Transactional versus Transformational Coaching

<span data-sfref="[images|OpenAccessDataProvider]04bccbdf-5d66-6416-a2f2-ff0000cb9c62" class="sfImageWrapper"><img src="[images|OpenAccessDataProvider]04bccbdf-5d66-6416-a2f2-ff0000cb9c62" displaymode="Original" alt="Blog Header" title="Blog Header" style="vertical-align: middle;" /><br /> </span> <h1>Transactional  versus Transformational Coaching</h1>         by Mark Hull<br />  <br />       The two most powerful words in the English language are, “Coach says.”  This however comes with a warning: Great power requires great character for that to be a blessing and not a curse.  Words in the control of a transformational coach will build.  Words of a transactional coach can do deep wounding. <br />      <br />      Transactional coaching is focused on actions.  It’s about performance.  It basically says, “You do this for me, I’ll do that for you.”  Transformational coaching is focused on the person.  It believes that I am here as a coach to help you grow not just as an athlete but as a whole person. We call that being a 3Dimensional Coach. <br /> <br />      There are four essential questions every coach at every level needs to contemplatively answer who desires to take the journey from the transactional to the transformational approach.  We call them the Mindsight Questions:<br /> <br /> 1. Why do you coach? <ul> <li>Do you have a clear statement for your coaching that acts as a filter for every decision?</li> </ul> <br /> 2.Why do you coach the way that you do? <ul> <li>What triggers your behavior?  Is your coaching based on best practices or is it just that you were coached that way?</li> </ul> <br /> 3. What does it feel like to be coached by you? <ul> <li>This may be the most valuable and overlooked question for coaches.  What does it feel like to be on the other side of you?</li> </ul> <br /> 4. How do you define success? <ul> <li>If you are not crystal clear on this then the scoreboard determines the answer.  (note: the answer to this question should be the fulfillment of the answer to question 1)</li> </ul>  <br />       The answers to these questions are foundational to transformation in your own life and in lives of the athletes you coach.  The good news is we can change if we are willing to work at it.  For the sake of our sport things need to change, especially at the youth level.   Transformational coaching is mindful of our athlete’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual development.  An athlete centered approach would recognize how destructive early competition to the heart of a kid and to the numbers in our sport.  We need to stop our own language about how tough our sport is.  Anything will be tough if you remove the emotion of joy.  Ask anyone who’s imagination has been captured in a process and no matter how much effort is required they will smile when describing their experience with the sport and the people.  The process is marked by joy.<br /> <br />      Coach, research shows that you are the most influential person in the life of today’s American adolescent.  Define your transformational purpose and use the influence for good. <br /> <br />      We at 3Dimensional Coaching are excited to be partnering with the wrestling world to for this purpose<em>:  “To help coaches develop a 3Dimensional strategy to fulfill their transformational purpose.”  <br /> </em><br /> Mark Hull<br /> Certified Presenter<br /> 3Dimensional Coaching<br /> Email: mhull@3dinstitute.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />

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