Why should Coaching Start Early?
- December 11, 2016
- Posted by: Reena Saxena
- Category: Behavior Management
Being at home indicates a level of comfort, not a brick-and-mortar structure that provides shelter.
I love to be with like-minded people, who share my perspectives, or at least, do not disparage me.
I love the warmth of acceptance and easy camaraderie.
I love floating on similar wavelengths, running/swimming/flying/net-surfing to catch others, and have others follow me.
The ground that I run on, the waters that I swim in, the winds that help me fly expose me to several other worlds.
I will always work for the cause of the Homeless, as I have never had a Home.
Well, this is a creative piece with a strong metaphor running through it.
REALITY IS SIMPLER THAN THAT
- The ecosystems that I operate in, and the virtual domains that I skim through in a day, are my concept of home.
- I am a global citizen, with international communication, being a part of my daily routine.
- Virtual reality and Augmented Reality might take my life and thoughts to a different level.
- My identity is defined by my digital signatures — user ids and passwords. Biometrics are my last link to the physical world.
- Boundary lines extend and expand a little more every day, to accommodate my imagination and ambition.
HOW DOES IT IMPACT LEARNING?
- Learning happens all the time, and through multiple mediums.
- Learning is a self-driven activity. I only need facilitators.
- Information is being thrown at me all the time, and I pick and choose from available information.
- But this information is also structured, tailored and manipulated, yet, it constitutes my reality.
How will I see things from your perspective?
HOW DOES IT IMPACT COACHING AND TRAINING?
While it is generally agreed, that video-based tutorials, gamification and mobile learning are the way to go, the content strategy needs to be specific to job or study needs.
The content should be available online, and just-in-time, as a search engine is the first avenue that we approach for help.
- Content should be relateable to the trainee’s world, and in bite-sized modules, to retain attention.
- Virtual reality and Augmented Reality will be the medium, not the message.
- Classroom training will be an assortment of games and activities. Pedagogy will be eliminated.
- The context will need to be created in the work situation, for a concept to sink in.
- Content will need to be updated frequently, hence, the technology should be flexible enough to allow that.
- Artificial intelligence can be used to create simulated environments to facilitate learning.
- Trainers will exist at the back-end, designing content and the user interfaces.
1. Emotional Intelligence
The challenge of designing will lie in traversing the path from perception to emotion to logic, in a short span of time. Emotions are the sandwich layer between stimulus and action, and will need to be leveraged accordingly.
The Scientific American video gives an interesting illustration.
2. Managing Contradictions in Information
Contradictory facts will emerge quickly. Peer group information has a higher impact. A central logic like guidelines from regulatory bodies, or research-backed evidence needs to be used at industry level. The applications can be user-specific.
3. Managing Contradictions in Human Behavior
Human behavior has always had inherent contradictions, like developing a rationale to justify actions that suit the self, but defy a larger logic. This is often seen in the behavior related to health or environmental issues. A conflict might exist between loyalty to the organization or profession or the Boss. The barrage of motivated content, and edited highlights of incidents and statements tend to prevent a holistic view.
WILL COACHING AND MENTORING HELP?
Yes. Coaching needs to start early in life, as it helps in connecting various parts of a whole, and developing a stronger sense of self. The people who go through this process, are less malleable, and better prepared to face eventualities with confidence.
A mentor can keep them grounded, and help them relate to the reality around them, having been through the grind earlier. A mentor can override the influence of the peer group, with the tangible benefits that the engagement provides.
Mentoring is an essential follow-up to coaching, to ensure retention and application of learning. A mentor does not walk in the mentee’s shoes. S/he has been through a separate growth process, in a different set of circumstances. Yet, the mentor is the most important link between the past and present, for the mentee. The linkages between cause-and-effect, and the universality of this phenomenon (if clearly visible in the mentor’s experience), lends credibility to the learning. The mentor is a live simulation to help understanding, and facilitates absorption of learning.