I've been in committee after committee trying to figure out which coaching and mentoring plan to adopt - what key elements to adjust for our own circumstances and which pieces are simply hogwash! There are entire businesses crafted around the development and implementation of accountability leadership and coaching plans. But which are the really good ones?
If you're a leader in a business, you've probably asked yourself this same question over and over again. Anecdotally, we see that those that get coached into bigger roles stay longer at work and find work more satisfying. In addition, each of us (if we're honest) know that we need to be coached to. Someone needs to be sitting in the dugout and watching how we swing to be sure that our motion is as effective as possible to knock it out of the park. But which do you adopt?
Paul's First Letter to Timothy Gives us the 5 Essential Pieces to an Effective Coaching Plan
That's right - it's been under our nose this whole time! The model coaching plan can be summed up in the 6 chapters of 1 Timothy; proving again that the Bible is the CEO's guide to the galaxy and God's plan for us to honor Him in our work.
- Piece One - Staying on the Right Track: How and Why (1 Timothy 1:3-20). In the beginning of this letter Paul warns about what happens when we get our priorities all out of whack and chase shiny objects. In addition, Paul provides Timothy with confidence that he's the right coach since he's been in his shoes already. Lastly, the goal of Timothy's role in the church is well laid out; much like we need in our work.
- Piece Two - Personal and Team Conduct (1 Timothy 2:1 - 1 Timothy 3:13). Here Paul talks about the importance of prayer and God's hand in his work. He discusses the interaction and the respect that each group within the team deserves. He also highlights the leadership hierarchy and clearly defines roles within the organization.
- Piece Three - Being the Culture Warrior (1 Timothy 3:14 - 1 Timothy 4:16). Paul spends considerable time talking about foundational principles and the responsibility of the leadership to maintain these principles through word and action.
- Piece Four - Organizational Leadership (1 Timothy 5:1 - 1 Timothy 6:10). In this section of Paul's letter to Timothy, Paul makes it clear that there are distinct roles, responsibilities and rewards for different people and groups of people within the organization. In addition, Paul describes the disciplinary actions necessary to protect the integrity of the team.
- Piece Five - A Distinct Charge (1 Timothy 6:11-21). In this section Paul provides encouragement and guidance Timothy's upcoming challenges and delegates the power he'll need to accomplish his goals.
Implementing Paul's Model Coaching Plan
There are numerous commercially available coaching plans, but very few would be this straight forward with such a pedigree of success. Putting this type of coaching plan in place might take a little time in the beginning, but it is easy to replicate, easy to teach, and simple to understand.
Cutting through the chaos of day-to-day activities and building up your organization through coaching and mentoring has been proven to reduce risk and increase profit. But, some companies fail to take action because they just don't know where to start. However, with Paul's example everyone of us can get this coaching plan started today and fine tune it as we go along.
Imagine What Well Coached Teams Look Like
If you started coaching and mentoring in your office today - what would next year's performance reviews reveal? What would next quarters sales and customer satisfaction reveal? What if your entire leadership team took Paul's outline - picked one person each to coach and were consistent in applying the principals? What would happen if you (and we) prayed for them as they were coaching their teams?
May God Richly Bless You and Your Business!