Hearing Voices (2)


Last month, I wrote about Jessie J one of the coaches in The Voice Australia.

I mentioned that Jessie:

  • Observes carefully.
  • Challenges.
  • Listens for changes in response.
  • Has a strong sense of fairness.
  • Is fallible.
  • Empathises.
  • Is demanding.
  • Has very high expectations for her team and of herself.

Last night, Jessie J’s team member, Ellie Drennan, won the final of the competition.

Jessie is 27 years of age. Ellie is 16.

I do think what they achieved together has important insights for anyone involved in 1-to-1 coaching. I think there are lessons here for team coaches too, particularly when inducting younger players into teams.

Each year, I find The Voice a great opportunity to think more generally about coaching young people. Like other performing and creative arts experiences, it invites me to re-calibrate how I understand and describe performance.


Photo Credits

The Voice Australia Facebook (header) and Program (picture) pages.

Watching Coaching

HC SealI have managed to see the final episode of The Voice, Australia.

I have watched all of the 2013 series.

Whilst I have found the competitors’ stories compelling, I have been following the program to watch four coaches in action.

I thought the final episode offered great insights into 1:1 coaching.

Seal‘s tribute to the winner, Harrison Craig, was a remarkable statement about what coaches do.

SealSeal talked about:

1. Recognising exceptional ability.

2. Listening to life stories.

3. Developing trust.

4. Providing space to flourish and grow.

5. Being open to learning as a coach.

6. Partnership in performance.

I thought it very apposite that Harrison’s new single was called Unconditional.

At the end of the program, I was left thinking about coaching as a vocation. I liked the idea that four very different coaches took four very different performers on a journey that transformed all their lives.

Photo Credits

Screen Grabs from The Voice, Australia