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GPS modern coaching

What was our life like just a decade ago?


How did we manage to navigate our way around town and find the correct address, on time, and possibly even in another country, with different traffic regulations?
With unfamiliar, different road signs.
Progress and technology have been our savior. A global network of satellites covers our planet on the one hand, and GPS technology on the other, has created a magnificent situation. Almost everywhere in the world you can feel at home, navigate securely and in your own language.
Those of you familiar with this technology (which is an Israeli development) will understand why I believe that it provides us with a clear definition of the work of modern coaching.


What is a coach?
A coach is a person who is expert in a particular field and area of content.
A person with experience in that field (in my opinion the coach must personally have experienced failure as part of his/her own learning process !!)
A personal or group coach will know how to identify the existing situation, and understand the desired situation. He will be able to formulate a real, applicative plan of action to achieve the goals. He will be able to eliminate gaps, and no less important - he will be able to "maintain" the process over time, to push it forward, provide support, pressure, and sometimes take a step back and search for an alternative route, finally reaching his destination safely and with sufficient energy for the next goal.

Important - a coach is not a player on the field!
He stands on the sidelines, reviewing the situation, analyzing, making suggestions, comments, but does not make the decisions.


How does this description relate to the work of the GPS?
Let's take a look together at the driver's world, the technology of the GPS device, and the wonderful interaction between them.
Imagine for a moment, the routine behavior of the driver who gets into his car and decides that he wants to travel from A to B. He can also decide and define important points such as a preference for using a highway, taking the shortest route, use of toll roads, etc.
He enters his precise address, pushes a button, and a few seconds later the device starts to give the driver directions en route to his destination.
Sometimes, due to unforeseen obstacles along the way or human error, the driver makes a wrong turning. The GPS immediately identifies the deviation from the planned route and alerts the driver, suggesting a way of returning to the planned route.
Alternatively, and particularly if the driver insists on continuing on the new route, the GPS will suggest an alternative route, adhering to its desire to bring the driver to his predefined destination.
Interestingly, if there is no alternative route, and the driver continues to take the wrong route, the GPS will continue unceasingly to warn the driver of his mistake (until the driver decides to turn off the GPS!) and inform him that is on the wrong road!
The driver must make a "U" turn and get back on track to his defined destination.


How does the GPS work?
The GPS clearly identifies the driver's current location, and also clearly identifies the chosen destination.
(An unclear or incorrect address does not allow the GPS to proceed, or might even result in a wrong destination).
The GPS' internal system plots a route based on known, predefined definitions calculated according to experience and knowledge which has been accumulated, and using up-to-date information about the situation on the roads at a particular moment in time it prepares the best-possible route, even providing the driver with information about the anticipated duration of the journey. It is all set to start the journey to the chosen destination.

Most important:
Mistaken location of the starting point, or destination, ignoring the definitions given in advance, will certainly cause the driver and the vehicle not to reach their destination, certainly not on time and based on the original plan.

The comparison is now obvious:
The coach's task is to identify the client's current location (his present situation), and clearly understand the destination (the desired situation), and together with the client, the coach must plot the route.
There might be errors or crises along the way and changes may be made.
The coach will issue a warning, suggest possible alternatives, and flow with the client on these alternative routes, but there are also red lines that cannot be crossed.


If the coach believes a fatal error is being made, that the client is lost, at a price that was not taken into account, he must be steadfast in his insistence on telling the client over and over that he is mistaken (until the client listens or "switches off the device" .....)

 

 

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