What is Coaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution 4IR is “a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.” The implications of 4IR defined by “velocity, scope, and systems impact” has been unlike ever seen before.

To prepare the workforce for the dynamic changes of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it is important to tap the potential of people and human capital by creating a growth culture.

As what Dr Robert Kegan calls “deliberately developmental organizations”, a growth culture occurs in an organization when its people know that they are an active part of their own and each other’s development. 

In short, leaders don’t have all the answers to be future-fit. What succeeded in the past is no longer a guide to what will succeed in the future. Thus, coaching people becomes ever more essential to nurture a growth culture, as opposed to telling people what to do or offering conventional solutions that could be counterproductive in the 4IR.

Coaching in the 4IR is about enabling people to adapt to constantly changing environments in ways that unleash fresh energy, innovation, mastery and commitment.

Why Multi-Intelligence Coaching?

Many coaches focus on coaching models or techniques that are restrictive and less agile. They usually deliver coaching at the level of cognitive skills, imparting knowledge and competencies rather than enabling a transformative development as a whole person. 

To facilitate this whole-person development, we need to tap the multiple intelligences of people. The concept of Multiple Intelligences came from Professor Howard Gardner. In 1983, in his book Frames of Mind, he proposed eight intelligences, namely naturalistic, bodily-kinaesthetic, visual-spatial, logical-mathematical, verbal-linguistic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and musical. 

By coaching the whole person, harnessing the intelligence of their mind (IQ), body (PQ), heart (EQ) and connection to something bigger than ourselves (SQ), we can then develop their full potential.

Preparing tomorrow’s workforce for the Fourth Industrial Revolution | For business: A framework for action by Deloitte 2018
Preparing tomorrow’s workforce for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Leader as Coach: How to unleash innovation, energy, and commitment by Herminia Ibarra and Anne Scoular

An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization by Dr. Robert Kegan

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