By Eric Wenger | July 1, 2019
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17, NIV).
I am a huge baseball fan! One of my favorite things about the game is pitching strategy. I especially like a well-timed changeup. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a changeup as “a slow pitch in baseball thrown with the same motion as a fastball in order to deceive the batter.” A good changeup can truly be a game changer.
The changeup reminds me of a good coaching strategy. Of course, it’s not meant to deceive. Rather, it’s a move to shake things up for the better. It’s called change it up coaching.
Robert Logan and Gary Reinecke wrote the Coaching 101 Handbook (ChurchSmart Resources, 2003). In the handbook they shared important insights about change. “Coaching is all about change for leaders and their teams- and change can be difficult to deal with, even positive change. Change dynamics must be considered. Five key aspects of change dynamics are identifying obstacles, preparing people for change, acknowledging both positive and negative potential impact, compensating for blind spots, and motivating people towards vision” (pg. 40).
Where do you need to change it up in your life, relationships, workplace, or congregation? Logan and Reinecke developed a change guide that is helpful for navigating the change process. It is outlined on pages 44-45 of the Coaching 101 Handbook.
1. How will you free up time and energy to focus on the change process?
2. Who are the key people who can work with you to facilitate the change process?
3. Who are the key influencers who need to embrace the vision and/or be included in the discussion/planning process?
4. What permissions need to be secured? From whom?
5. Who are the people/groups most affected by the proposed changes? What impact will each face?
6. What can you do to help people embrace the change?
7. How will you strengthen relationships during the change process?
I pray that this process will help you move forward with healthy change. Feel free to contact me at 920-393-3532 or email@example.com if you want someone to come alongside you with change it up coaching. C4USM has a network of coaches ready to help you by engaging in a one-time coaching conversation or an ongoing coaching relationship. Find out more at by clicking here.
“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, NIV).
Resources You Can Use
Coaching 101: Discover the Power of Coaching by Robert E. Logan and Sherilyn Carlton with Tara Miller
Coaching 101 Handbook by Robert E. Logan and Gary B. Reinecke
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