day 3K364: Coach Me, Don’t Boss Me!

“When Jesus had finished giving these instructions to his twelve disciples, he went out to teach and preach in towns throughout the region.”

Give me Ted Lasso as a boss!  Why? Because, Ted as a coach would be a wonderful boss.  As a coach he got the most of his players, dealt with team issues, made tough people decisions, recognized, rewarded and also disciplined as needed.  Granted, he is a TV character, but still. So, why can’t so many bosses learn to be good bosses through using coaching techniques?  I don’t know why really other than we don’t spend enough time studying the techniques and traits of great coaches.  We seem to get lost or hung up on the theatrics and antics of coaches on the sidelines or locker rooms and think because those don’t translate to the Board Room that they aren’t applicable.  It’s not until someone “translates” them into a book on leadership do we begin to take them seriously (think John Wooden and Coach K).  We also might not want to overemphasize sports to those who don’t play them, but that’s a bit of a cop out because the principles of coaching don’t have to be tied to a sport.  As we learned from Ted Lasso, they are tied to life lessons.  So, if we want to better bosses, then let’s become better coaches.  And to do that just look around and listen.  Listen to those coaches in our lives (those who coach our kids, those who coach others, those who just have a coaching and encouraging spirit and yes, some famous well-known coaches) and see what we can pick up and bring to work with us.

Jesus was a great teacher and leader.  And we could say that He was a great coach too.  We know that because of the results of His team that He personally coached.  He taught them. He gave them a playbook on how to handle their ministries. He gave them examples from His own life. He pulled out the best of each one and sharpened them with experience and knowledge. He formed them into a team. He did push them and He did recognize them and He did test them. He was a coach and because of that they went out and changed the world. We have much to learn and much to aspire to become and each and every day He asks us to be all that we can be for Him! That’s an example to follow.

Reference: Matthew 11:1 (New Living Translation)