Helanie Scott

November 5, 2012

A Seven-Point Definition of Coaching

Think back to any college 101 course you’ve ever taken. I’ll bet it began with definitions. The reason: many words have more than one meaning. Often a word means something entirely different in everyday conversation than it does in a professional discipline. Hang around professional dog breeders and you’ll hear them casually refer to their females animals with a word none of us would use in polite conversation. Scientist use the word theory when they talk about the most well […]
October 22, 2012

Feedback—the Breakfast of Champions

There may be no better model for excellence in leadership than the coach model, because no group of people works more effectively than a well coached sports team. Watching a great coach working from the sidelines of a basketball court or football field, it’s difficult to miss one of the most important elements of coaching—feedback. Great coaches understand that to improve an athlete, they have to give each player honest, direct, and timely feedback on their performance. But coaching feedback […]
October 8, 2012

Feel. Think. Act. Talk. like a Coach

You’ve noticed, I’m sure, that in many ways, people act out the roles they play as professionals. At the risk of encouraging stereotypes, I think it’s safe to say that ballet dancers act like ballet dancers. Plumbers have a way about them. So do doctors and brand managers. Firefighters, too, have jargon all their own, a firefighter walk, a firefighter attitude. To do anything well, you have to do it the way other effective people do it. So it goes […]
August 20, 2012

You Can’t Be Blindsided If You Don’t Have a Blind Side

The four-eyed fish can see above and below water at the same time. Mother nature gave this perceptive creature bifocal lenses. The bottom half of each eye sees clearly underwater, the top sees clearly above. Not a bad adaptation. And then there’s the dragonfly. Its eyes wrap around most of its head, so that it can see virtually everywhere. And we think we’re so clever! Our eyes have relatively limited peripheral vision compared to many of our mammal cousins. Our […]