If you are a lean coach (or any other type of coach) or aspire to become one, there is a skill which can significantly boost your effectiveness to support another person’s personal development. This skill can be learned with practice and is accessible to everyone who is willing to apply themselves.
Mindfulness is the ability to focus one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. It is not about getting somewhere—but about being fully where you currently are and grasping the impact of your thoughts, words, actions, and awareness right now, in this moment.
All activities benefit from heightened levels of awareness, focus and concentration, and coaching is no exception. Mindfulness impacts coaching skills and capability perhaps more effectively than any other tool or technique. This is also true for structured problem solving and deep reflection – two essential elements of lean thinking. Learn how to apply mindfulness techniques to hone the coaching skills of: