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In an unpredictable future, how do you coach successful people?

“How can you coach people to see the future both as a series of threats and as a field of opportunities, that cannot be predicted or controlled?”

It’s the question clients often ask me when discussing coaching in an unpredictable future.

The leadership and teaming paradigms have shifted. So there is an increasing need for innovation coaching to respond to this question. This is reinforced by the need to develop people’s innovation skill sets and close their “knowing-dong” gaps to survive and thrive through disruption.

Coaching innovation leaders and teams

It’s more important than ever to teach people to unlearn – through structured coaching processes – their habitual ways of being, thinking and doing. To create a safe space for people to learn how to embrace creative, collaborative and experimental ways of enhancing their bravery, boldness, determination and courage in uncertain times.

Effective coaching teaches key competencies to help individuals prepare for an unpredictable future. For example:

  • Design, creative and critical thinking to help individuals make sense of their world through fresh eyes.
  • Start-up methodologies to experiment with new business models. That is, with iteration and pivoting new services, products and delivery streams that can be scaled and leveraged.
  • Generative discovery skills in deep listening, questioning and debating to provoke and disrupt the status quo.
  • Teaming and networking to break down silos,identify and maximise inter-dependencies, collaborate and build high-value delivery eco-systems.

So what about hitting your pause button? Take time to retreat and reflect on what all of this means about leading and coaching people to achieve your organisation’s long-term growth, success and sustainability.

Related Reading:

There’s More to Work Than Working, Breaking Down Silos to Engage Teams

Pause & Reflect – questions and prompts to help you understand your unique situation, explore what is and isn’t working, and evolve through a planned strategy for growth and transformation.

Written for Hargraves by Janet Sernack, Innovation People Leader, Consultant and Coach, ImagineNation. Janet also delivers the Coach for Innovators Certified Program.

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