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Over recent weeks, after a discussion with a good friend of mine who is a coach and coach educator, I have considered the negative connotation connected to being a novice…and the desire to be seen as, or considered, an expert (A word I am not comfortable with – expertise is defined by others, and being a supposed expert in one situation, does not translate to others)
As a practitioner of coaching, learning and coach education, I feel I am always developing and discovering new ways to be a practitioner in those areas. Part of this frustration of the ‘fear of the novice’ is that ex- players across the sporting context, who were outstanding as performers, are often given ‘expert’ status when they become coaches.
They are, at this point in their journey, very much a novice, amateur, beginner, pupil, trainee* (delete as applicable!) in their knowledge and application. Whilst are journeys of development are different, these journeys should be undertaken
The road to being deemed an expert, and it shouldn’t be a self-proclamation, is never ending and can take you to places where you never thought you could find things to develop your coaching.
I have blogged previously about the impact and links to coaching of cartoons such as Inside Out and the Lego Movie, and I use Lego as a great tool to bring concepts and ideas of coaching and creativity to life.
I’ve read books about Google, Steve Jobs and Matthew Syed’s collection of ideas in Black Box Thinking (from why planes return from battle through to James Dyson’s vacuum cleaners) and watched films such as McFarland USA and The Intern to look at coaching relationships
Most recently, I have been looking at the acting profession, certainly within a theatre context, around rehearsal, performance and reflection (plan, do, review!!!) and an actor delivering 8 performances a week, ensuring the on stage performance is at a consistently high level. I also considered how actors perform together, and the interactions both on and off stage, and the intense time spent getting the performances right, and how these environments must shape performance.
I am an expert novice (the only time I will happily use the word!)….I am good at wanting to learn and develop my coaching and thinking, but I comfortable with being the novice…
So your challenge (as always!), where are you finding coaching and learning inspiration from….
Have a great weekend
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