Maybe your organisation already encourages you as a manager to incorporate coaching your team members into your daily routine? Do you find it difficult to buy into this?
One of the most frequent objections from managers comes from being unsure what coaching really means and what is expected.
Although the story has been told many times before, the origin of the word coach is a good starting point to try and clarify things a little.
Coach in the sense of a closed horse-drawn carriage began to be widely used across Europe in the 16th century.
It originated in a small Hungarian village called Kocs where an unknown carriage maker had designed and built the most comfortable carriage known at that time. This was called koczi szeter (approx. wagon of Kocs) which was shortened to koczi.
As the invention of this new vehicle spread throughout Europe, the name was adapted to Kutsche in German, coche in French, and coach in English.
“That is all very interesting”, I hear you say, “but how does this relate to the term coach used in the business sense today?” …
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