The Essential Ingredients For A Culture of Coaching with Jo Wright

Joining me this week is Jo Wright.

Jo is the firecracker CEO of Coaching Culture, a UK-based firm that specializes in content and platforms for enabling cultures of coaching, or as Jo puts it – to scale up coaching conversations.

I initially approached Jo on LinkedIn because thought I disagreed with something I saw on her website. I imagined it would be fun for us to have a conversation about the sort of battle between our two viewpoints. The more I read what she was posting, and the more I dug into the website, the more I realized that we’re actually on exactly the same page – on the page of learning culture and coaching culture. And these are all just different names for the same thing, and I think that’s the most exciting part of this for me. It’s about enabling authentic leaders to have effective conversations by giving each other honest feedback and building cultures of trust.

Those things appear on Jo’s website for coaching culture. They’re 100% part of what they offer to clients and what they demonstrate and act out in their own company. Jo talks about coaching as a way to win hearts and minds, and I think it’s a fantastic starting point for this conversation.

And from there, we dive into:

  • How to do this at an organizational level.
  • How coaching mindset is more important than coaching knowledge and skills, and how it’s important to get leadership buy-in for this to be successful.
  • How there’s a top-down and bottom-up meeting in the middle that takes place in successful coaching cultures, and the important role that managers in that middle play in ensuring a culture of coaching.
  • The importance of asking great questions.
  • The topic of feedback and how to use the five to one ratio and an attitude of unconditional positive regard to ensure that coaching conversations are as effective as they can be.

I took so many notes from this conversation. I’m sure you will, too.

So please sit back and enjoy my conversation with Jo Wright.

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Show Notes

  • Jo’s early beginnings: how and why she came to do what she loves. (00:04:12-00:10:11)
  • Why do people need coaching? (00:10:12-00:12:54)
  • How to do coaching at an organizational level, and Jo tells us about their coaching enablement solutions. (00:12:55-00:14:22)
  • How the coaching mindset is more important than coaching knowledge and skills. (00:14:23-00:26:17)
  • Feedback, how to use the five to one ratio and an attitude of unconditional positive regard. (00:26:57-00:31:23)
  • What does it mean to be an authentic leader? (00:31:24-00:35:45)
  • Jo tells us about her team’s own culture and practices. (00:35:46-00:42:56)
  • The top-down and bottom-up meeting in the middle that takes place in successful coaching cultures, and the important role that managers in that middle play in ensuring a culture of coaching. (00:42:57-00:46:48)
  • The power of asking great questions. (00:46:49-00:48:40)
  • Where you can find Jo on social media. (00:50:31-00:51:28)

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