by Business and Life Coach Carmen Carrozza
Early in my professional career I learned a harsh reality that truly changed my life. I had a supervisor that told everyone what to do and when to do it. I worked with a good bunch of folks, yet there was always this feeling of dread whenever he was around. He was not a bad person, just a boss that knew no other way to manage people.
Now this was not my first job; it was my first in a professional environment. My dad was a musician and I spent a few years helping him run the business. I taught many young children and enjoyed it thoroughly. As I developed my managerial skills, I always reminded myself what not to do. I remembered that boss and others who were managing a business, not leading people.
Many years later as a senior manager, the word “coach” became attached to our role in managing our teams. I discovered quickly that it was not any different from the style of leadership and the development of associates that I had garnered over many years of experience.
I had found my passion in life: helping others discover their inner power to become the best they can be. I’ve experienced the joy and honor of watching many I have worked with demonstrate renewed confidence, feel inspired to overcome old obstacles and motivate themselves to learn new skills. The result of all this is increased performance and productivity, while increasing the bench strength of the entire team.
So what is it that I did differently that empowered people, gave them a renewed sense of self and inspired them to reach higher than ever before? I’ll be writing more about my coaching style and how it supports growth and development in future blog entries.