Coach your way to success: Coach or Roach?

A manager’s world has today moved from ‘control and captivate’ to the ‘care and coach‘. In business circles, no longer does the old fashioned ‘boss’ command his way and the subordinate listens.

Hard work has seen a paradigm shift and effort is no longer just staying back at work.

These are the changes that have pushed managers today to transform into a ‘coach’, from being a ‘roach’.

Let’s define some basics:


Category : Roach

Characteristics: Insolent, Authoritative, Fatherly, Fear power, Inconsiderate, HARI SADU (pun intended!)

Creation : Good at driving mass hysteria, create efforts, hard work and push people to look busy and stressed, Gossip topics

Example :Hitler, Gaddafi


Category : Coach

Characteristics: Considerate, Empathetic, Honest, Kind, People Power, Friendly and Progressive

Creation : Good at driving commitment, Get people to go the extra mile, Drive motivation and passion

Example : Mahindra Singh Dhoni, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs

Based on these profiles, it is only a matter of choice depending on what you want to be – Coach or Roach?

In the multi-dimensional businesses of ‘now’, it will help to rather have a bunch of people committed to a tough cause versus having a tough cause and bunch of tough people to deal with.The decision is finally yours.

To get our basics right lets understand Mentoring, Coaching and Feedback:

Mentoring: Looks at providing guidance to all aspects of life where the mentor works on a superficial level.

Coaching: Is the long term support for technical, behavioral and skills-related learning and growth where the coach plays a more hands on role in developing the protégé.

Feedback: Is performance related as well as behavior related and is used for short term gains where corrective or progressive action is sought.

Action Items:

Lead your team as a coach instead of being a boss to gain commitment and effort.