Most of my childhood memories revolve around playing sports. Softball once ruled my spring and summer, then basketball ruled my fall and winter. As I reflect on those days, so many moments come flooding back – long days of practice, big wins, crushing losses, and the bond I shared with teammates. What tied all those moments together was my coach for many of those years, Coach Abney. By definition, a coach is a passionate, dedicated individual who unlocks hidden potential and maximizes a team’s performance by believing, encouraging, and developing. And boy, he was passionate about the game and dedicated to his players! I spent many, many days developing and growing as a player in practice performing play after play, drill after drill, under his supervision and guidance. He also had a unique gift of seeing skill and potential and encouraging me to believe in my ability even when I couldn’t yet see it. On game days, he was in full game-on mode. Maybe you recall a coach you had during your youth that springs to mind as you read this? Did someone leave an indelible mark on you too? Hopefully, their influence was as meaningful and positive as mine. So why should coaching stop there? Why not bring coaching into our adult life in the workplace?