Why “Coachability” matters as much as Character, Competency and Chemistry

The process of team selection matters. Willow Creek, a mega-church in downtown Chicago, uses the 3-C model for team selection. The three Cs are Character, Competency and Chemistry. It’s easy to see why these three attributes would be essential to adding any individual member to an already cohesive and effective team. While these three Cs matter, I believe one extra C should be added to the mix: Coachability

Character has to do with the years and years of work put into an individual’s ethical and moral integrity.
Competency is the learning done through schooling or life that give’s a person a certain skill set to bring intricate and specific value to a team.
Chemistry is the way a person interacts one on one and within the whole of a group to celebrate victory and overcome adversity or conflict.
Coachability is that asset that allows a person to learn from others. To have an open ear, heart, spirit or nature that will allow them to be molded into a better human and better part of a team.

To be coachable requires a number of things from an individual. I believe there are two parts of being coachable that stand out. The first is humility. To be coached up means to be willing to sit down and listen, not to assert your opinion or belief or reasoning as the best and highest. For me to be coachable one must be able to consistently assess themselves objectively and look to another on the team for pointers, clues, lessons or best practices to improve.
The second is follow through. While being coached up, the lessons must be put into practice, and after some time, a follow through feed back session. For instance, a team member whose job it is to do live presentations may be coached up to focus more on the people they are presenting to and less to the screen or notes. After some time to practice and make adjustments the sign of coachability in a person is their focus on the follow-up. Some good questions to ask your coach during feedback followup would be,

“Have you seen growth in me””

“After our last meeting, has my performance changed for the better?”

“I attempted to do as you suggested. What do you see?”

As I grow in my role as a father, husband, writer, community leader and friend, I always want to be asking questions that will lead me to a higher evolved version of myself. The next level in personal growth could be just one coaching relationship away. From where I stand, the only person in the way of achieving that growth and success is myself.

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