The spectacle of the closing ceremonies have marked the end of another Olympics. Personally, I love all things Olympic. Every time I watch the Olympics I’m struck by the stories of how the athletes got there. Each has his or her own journey but the one thing they all have in common is a coach who got them there. And, for many of them, that coach was never an Olympian. They were never as good as the person they coach.
All of us, at one time or another in our career will manage a superstar. You know them, that person who you know is more talented than you and who you know will probably surpass you on the career ladder. Some people don’t think they have anything to teach this person. Nothing is further from the truth.
Even superstars need coaches. And, all superstars have coaches. Coaches add value by being able to see what the superstar doesn’t. You are able to watch them and see the blind spots. You can see how if they made a slight change here or a big change there, they will reach even higher levels of achievement. You can provide them context and be a safe sounding board for new ideas. You can push them when they need pushing and slow them down when they need to think before they act.
Who is your top athlete? What coaching will take them to the next level of performance?