I know some amazing, wonderful and inspiring coaches. I value them and am better for knowing and learning from them. Then….there are “coaches”. These people are not really coaches. They’re imitations. In the spirit of keeping it positive, let’s review what coaches behavior should look like. I would also like to take a moment to thank them for, once again, teaching me what NOT to do. I guess I should also apologize. I’m sure this will make some unhappy. It’s not meant to.
Let’s begin shall we?
1. Coaches will support the team on their journey rather than berate a team for “doing it wrong”.
2. Coaches will coach individuals individually rather than in front of the team.
3. Coaches will notice when a team member has disengaged and do something about it.
4. Coaches will be humble. It’s ALWAYS a learning experience for everyone.
5. Coaches will apply the rules they ask teams to follow to themselves.
6. Coaches will coach rather than pontificate.
7. Coaches will enjoy guiding you rather than lecturing you.
8. Coaches will remember what it was like before they called themselves “coach”.
9. Coaches will not call themselves a coach until they deserve it.
10. Coaches will leave the Scrum Master alone so as not to muck up what she’s got going on with the team.
Enjoy the view from up there, guys. It’s a sure thing you’re going to fall and you’re so high up there, it’s going to hurt. Ouch!