Introducing Colin

Written by Matt Somers on . Posted in Coaching Skills Training

Finding the right focus

Finding the right focus

Following my post ‘Focus’ the other week, many people got in touch asking about the back story behind the clip of this guy hitting a golf ball.

Here’s the link again if you need it.


Colin was a participant in our coaching skills training programme a year or so ago. Like many of our clients he was keen on discovering modern, up to date ways of getting results through people. He was finding that his tried and tested techniques of ‘command and control’ just weren’t working anymore.

We got to the stage of the course where I expose the limitations of an overly directive, telling style approach and begin instead to illustrate how a coaching approach based on questioning creates much more learning and insight. We were also discussing how a coach does not need to have any actual expertise in the subject on which they coach.

This was a step too far for Colin and he began to protest quite loudly. “That’s nonsense”, he said ” you must need to know what you’re talking about.  I can’t hit a golf ball to save my life,  so someone would have to teach me what to do. You couldn’t coach me through that!”

The clip – and here’s the link again – shows what happened next.

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