How can you get better at what you do? In a 2017 TED Talk, author and surgeon Atul Gawande suggested that professionals can benefit from getting the assistance of a coach. Gawande reported on his experiences with coaching in his own surgical practice, and also on an experiment he conducted with using coaches to improve practice in childbirth centers in India. The impact of coaching in both cases was positive and profound. Why? By observing performance and giving feedback, a coach helps you focus on fundamentals, identify barriers to excellence, enhance strengths, and overcome weaknesses. So, if you are asking yourself, “How do I get better at what I do?”, working with a coach may be the answer.
You can view Dr. Gawande’s talk at the link below. If you want to delve deeper into the power of coaching, you will also find a reading list there.
Gawande, A. (2017, April). Atul Gawande: Want to get great at something? Get a coach [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/atul_gawande_want_to_get_great_at_something_get_a_coach