Three Ways Coaching Culture Can Benefit Academic Culture

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One of the things I reflect on in my work with academics is how the language and strategies of coaching can benefit an entire organization. Coaching has a set of foundational assumptions and practices that are easy for anyone to employ. Think of these three simple ideas and how you can implement them in your academic workplace. Don't ask "why?". Asking someone the "why" of their actions or reasoning invites defensiveness and justification. Conversations based on defensiveness tend to go in circles and not lead anywhere meaningful. To make meaningful progress on an issue or agenda, try asking "what" questions, instead. ("How" and "where" are ok, too, but "what" is pretty powerful.) Compare "Why did you tell your students to use that resource?" with "What was the lesson connected with…
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