After spending the weekend with my two-year-old grandson, I decided that coaches would be much better at their job if they could embrace their inner child. Here are four reasons that come to mind.
Children have no hidden agenda. They don’t care if you are smarter or cleverer. They don’t have to fix you.
Children are vulnerable. How can you, as a coach, stand back and pretend to be unchanged by the powerful things happening in your client? Children don’t. They play just as hard as you.
Children ask the best questions. When a young child asks, “why” it’s not done to belittle or force you to justify your decision. A child’s “why” is a curious question. Come to think of it, every question is a curious question.
Children maintain a positive atmosphere. They really don’t want anyone to feel bad. The world’s a funny place if we don’t take it so seriously. This video below has nothing to do with coaching. It’s a child laughing. I dare you to watch it and not join in! Twenty million others have. That’s the power of a child.
How will you coach more like a child?