It’s like the saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” You can empower a person for life, so why not try adopting a coaching style instead of telling people what to do. And of course, being able to coach brings huge value not only to our work, but also our personal lives, esp. as adults interacting with younger generations. In my work, I always try to be mindful and coach all who I work or volunteer with.

I’ll admit, it’s not always easy, esp when you’re in time crunch or it’s chaotic, but It’s a very rewarding to experience the results of your coaching another person.

In my work, using design thinking teamed with collaborative leadership mindsets which both values co-creation, this aspect has shifted my practice to include more coaching (co-creation) in all of my interactions, because ultimately I want people & their business to grow and succeed for the long term, embedding the knowledge in them; in return, they also gain insight and understand the value of the service I provide, allowing a more rewarding experience for both sides. It’s a win-win.

All I had to do is provide the space and the room to let them reflect, let them think it through, and arrive at a plan.

 Lenora Houseworth-Weston

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