Coaching vs. Doing it yourself…which way is faster or better?

As a CEO Coach, this morning I heard a familiar story play out.  The CEO was talking about the need for higher level of performance out of one of his team members and confessed ” in order to get it done right I decided to do it myself.  It’s faster and easier!”

Let’s face it most CEOs, business owners and family business founders got where they are because they have a great personal commitment to producing high levels of results.  The problem is it’s not scalable unless they learn how to coach and develop others to take on that same level of personal commitment and drive for results.

As his CEO Coach we discussed how he could go back and coach his employee to produce a higher level of results.  As most CEOs do, he indicated his concern for the amount of time and effort it takes to coach versus just doing it himself.  But what you have to remember is you’re really trying to build a culture of high performance and to make your organization scalable.  You will not create a high level sustainable organization on your own individual performance!

As much as you don’t want to hear it, you need to learn how to coach and motivate others.  Great coaches know how to tap into people’s intrinsic motivators and bring out high levels of performance and personal responsibility.  Yes, it is probably going to take you a little bit longer in the short run, but in the long run you’ll have an organization that is sustainable without you.

This week keep an eye on yourself and watch out for the “I can do it myself quicker” attitude and begin coaching others to take on personal responsibility for high levels of results.  Enjoy the journey.

  • Posted by Coach Pete
  • Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
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