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Jan 28, 2013

When I tell someone that I am interested in coaching and coaching techniques, the question I immediately get  is: "What exactly does a coach do?".

A coach is a professional working with clients by using specific techniques and tools from different fields, depending on the client's needs.
A coachee is someone willing to improve or change some aspects in his/her life (business or comunication skills, career aspirations, health, marriage, family relationships, working atmosphere, sport performances). We can talk about a "client" referring to one singular coachee, two lovers, a family, managers and executives, leaders, athletes, a group of colleagues working in the same company, etc.

The coach and the coachee establish a relationship and they work together, in order to make it easier for the coachee to discover his/her goals and/or stay focused on them, to analyze his/her strenghts and weaknesses, to better understand which kind of changes he/she wants to (or not to) achieve and how to do so, etc.

Most people think that they don't know what a coach does even if they actually see coaches in action on a regular basis. In schools, fitness studios, universities, teams of professionals and athletes, foundations, administrative offices and... in movies too.

[The "perfect" coach-coachee relationship:
Lightning McQueen and Doc Hudson]

You can find a funny example of a coach-coachee relationship in the Pixar movie Cars (2006), by John Lasseter and Joe Ranft. At the beginning of the movie, the racing car Lightning McQueen is using visualization techniques to focus on the imminent race, to boost his performance and motivation, to improve his self-confidence. The wannabe champion is somehow his own coach and he keeps saying to himself:

Okay, here we go. Focus. Speed. I am speed. One winner, forty-two losers. I eat losers for breakfast.
Breakfast? Maybe I should have had breakfast? Brekkie could be good for me. 
No, no, no, focus. Speed. Faster than fast, quicker than quick. I am Lightning.

In the race he demonstrates two things: he is a rough diamond with a lot of talent for sure, but he is not able to cooperate with others. He can't use his great skills effectively. 
This is also the feedback that he gets from older racer Strip "The King" Weathers, who gives him some very good advice and who could be a precious coach for Lightning. But the young rookie is unaware of his weaknesses and he doesn't take the chance to learn from a big champion and to improve his skills. 

The situation is the same, as Lightning McQueen meets Doc Hudson for the first time and the movie shows in an interesting and touching way how Lightning and Doc can create a good coach-coachee relationship, that allows Lightning to become a better racer and a happier person (well, a happier car actually).

I didn't notice this aspect of the Pixar movie that much, when I saw it for the first time. Since I am into coaching now and I spent my last year by learning a lot about it, I really found it enlightening, when last week I was seeing the movie again.

What about you? Did you like the movie? Do you prefer another Pixar movie?

Do you want another example? What about Doc Hollywood?
Stay tuned: we will talk about it in the coming posts!

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Wenn ich jemandem sage, dass ich mich für Coaching und Coaching-Methoden interessiere, fragt man mich sofort: "Was genau macht ein Coach?". 

Ein Coach ist ein Experte, der mit Kunden zusammen arbeitet, indem er spezifizische Methoden und Werkzeuge aus verschiedenen Bereichen anwendet, abhängig von den Bedürfnissen des Kundens.
Ein Coachee ist jemand, der einige Aspekte in seinem Leben (Geschäfts- oder Kommunikationskenntnisse, berufliche Ziele, Gesundheit, Ehe, Beziehungen in der Familie, Arbeitsklima, sportliche Leistungen) verbessern oder ändern will. Man kann über einen "Kunden" reden, wenn man eigentlich einen einzelnen Coachee, ein Liebespaar, eine Familie, Führungskräfte und Geschäftsführer, Sportler, Kollegen in einer Firma usw. meint.

Der Coach und der Coachee gehen auf eine Beziehung zu und arbeiten zusammen, um es für den Coachee einfacher zu machen, seine Ziele zu definieren und/oder fokussiert darauf zu bleiben, um seine Stärken und Schwächen zu analysieren, um es besser zu verstehen, welche Art von Änderungen er/sie erreichen will (oder nicht will) und wie er/sie das macht, usw.

Die meisten Leute denken, dass sie nicht wissen, was ein Coach macht, auch wenn sie eigentlich regelmäßig Coaches in Aktion  sehen: in Schulen, Fitness Studios, Universitäten, eingeschworenen Teams oder Mannschaften, Stiftugen und Agenturen, und... in Filmen auch.

Ihr könnt ein lustiges Beispiel einer Coach-Coachee Beziehung in dem Film von Pixar, Cars (2006), von John Lasseter und Joe Ranft sehen. Zu Beginn des Filmes benutzt der Rennwagen Lightning McQueen Visualisierungsmethoden, um sich auf das ankommendes Rennen zu konzentrieren, um seine Leistung zu steigern und um mehr Selbstbewusstsein zu gewinnen. Der Möchtegernmeister ist irgendwie sein eigener Coach und wiederholt für sich selbst:

Okay, es geht los. Konzentriere dich. Geschwindigkeit. Ich bin Geschwindigkeit. Ein Sieger, zweiundvierzig Versager. Versager esse ich zum Frühstück.
Frühstück? Vielleicht hätte ich frühstücken sollen? Ein Päuschen wäre gut für mich... 
Nein, nein, nein! Konzentriere dich. Geschwindigkeit. Ich bin schneller als schnell, ich bin blitzschnell... Ich bin Lightning.

Durch das Rennen demonstriert er zwei Sachen: er ist zwar sicherlich ein Rohdiamant mit einer Menge Talent, aber er ist nicht fähig, mit anderen zusammen zu arbeiten. Er ist also nicht fähig, seine großartigen Kenntnisse effektiv zu nutzen. 
So ein Feedback bekommt er von dem älteren Renner Strip „The King“ Weathers, der ihm einige wirklich guten Tipps gibt und der ein wertvoller Coach für Lightning sein könnte. Der junge Anfänger kennt aber seine eigenen Schwächen nicht und nutzt die Chance nicht aus, von einem Sieger etwas zu lernen und seine Kenntnisse zu verbessern.

Die Situation wiederholt sich, als Lightning McQueen Doc Hudson das erste Mal trifft. Der Film zeigt  dann, auf eine interessante und bewegende Weise, wie Lightning und Doc eine gute Coach-Coachee Beziehung aufbauen, die es für Lightning ermöglicht, ein besserer Rennwagen und eine glücklickere Person (naja, eigentlich ein glücklicheres Auto) zu werden.

Ich hatte diesen Aspekt des Pixar-Filmes nicht so stark bemerkt, als ich den Film das erste Mal gesehen hatte. Da ich mich aber jetzt fürs Coaching interessiere und ich seit dem letzten Jahr so viel wie möglich dazu lerne, fand ich wirklich inspirierend, den Film letzte Woche noch mal zu sehen. 

Was sagt Ihr? Habt Ihr den Film gemocht? Mögt Ihr einen anderen Pixar-Film lieber?

Wie wäre es mit einem anderen Beispiel? Etwas wie Doc Hollywood?
In den kommenden Posts werden wir darüber reden!

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Quando dico a qualcuno che mi interesso di coaching e tecniche di coaching, mi viene subito chiesto "Che cosa fa esattamente un coach?".

Un coach è un professionista che lavora con i propri clienti usando tecniche e strumenti specifici provenienti da ambiti diversi a seconda delle esigenze del cliente.
Un coachee è una persona che desidera migliorare o cambiare alcuni aspetti della propria vita (competenze nell'ambito del business o della comunicazione, ambizioni professionali, salute, vita matrimoniale, relazioni familiari, atmosfera sul lavoro, performance sportive, ecc.). 
Si può parlare di un "cliente" facendo riferimento a un singolo coachee, una coppia, una famiglia, a manager e direttori, leader, atleti, un gruppo di colleghi che lavorano nella stessa compagnia ecc.

Il coach e il coachee stabiliscono una relazione e lavorano insieme con l'obiettivo di rendere più facile per il coachee lo scoprire i propri obiettivi e/o concentrarsi su di essi, analizzare i propri punti deboli e i propri punti di forza, comprendere meglio quali cambiamenti desidera fari (e quali non fare) e come, ecc.

La maggior parte delle persone pensa di non sapere cosa fa un coach, anche in realtà vedono dei coach in azione con regolarità. In scuole, palestre, università, in team di lavoro e in squadre, in fondazioni, uffici amministrativi, e... anche in film.

Potete trovare un esempio divertente di relazione tra coach e coachee nel film della Pixar Cars - Motori ruggenti (2006) di John Lasseter e Joe Ranft. All'inizio del film la macchina da corsa Saetta McQueen utilizza tecniche di visualizzazione per concentrarsi sulla gara che sta per cominciare, per migliorare la propria prestazione, per acquisire maggiore sicurezza di sé. L'aspirante campione è in qualche modo il proprio coach e ripete a se stesso:

Ecco, ci siamo... Concentrati... Velocità, sono pura velocità. Un vincitore, quarantadue perdenti: i perdenti io me li mangio a colazione. 
Colazione? Forse avrei dovuto fare colazione, ora mi sentirei meglio... 
No no no, resta concentrato... Velocità... sono più che veloce. Sono più che rapido: sono una saetta! 

Durante la corsa dimostra due cose: è sicuramente un diamante grezzo con un sacco di talento, ma non capace di lavorare con altre persone. Non è insomma in grado di usare le proprie qualità in modo efficace. 
Molto simile è anche il feedback che Saetta riceve da Strip "The King" Weathers, che gli dispensa alcuni ottimi consigli e che potrebbe essere un prezioso coach per lui, ma il giovane principiante non è conscio dei propri punti deboli e non approfitta della chance offertagli per imparare da un grande campione e migliorarsi.

La situazione è molto simile, quando Saetta McQueen e Doc Hudson si incontrano per la prima volta. Il film mostra in modo interessante e toccante come Saetta e Doc riescono a creare una buona relazione coach-coachee che permette a Saetta di diventare una macchina da corsa migliore e una persona (beh, dovremmo dire una macchina, veramente) più felice. 

Non avevo fatto molto caso a questo aspetto del film della Pixar la prima volta che l'ho visto. Dato che ora sono appassionata di coaching e che nell'ultimo anno ho dedicato un sacco di tempo al tema, ho trovato nel film una grande fonte di ispirazione, quando l'ho rivisto la settimana scorsa.

Che ne pensate? Vi è piaciuto il film oppure c'è un altro film della Pixar che preferite?

Meglio un altro esempio? Magari Doc Hollywood- Dottore in carriera?
Non perdetevi i prossimi post: sicuramente ne parleremo!

Tags: Coaching, Coachee, Relationship, Beziehung, Rapporto, Cars, Cars - Motori ruggenti, Pixar, Lightning McQueen, Saetta McQueen, Doc Hudson

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