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Coaching Through the Lens of Learning and Performance

Learning and Performance Podcast LogoThe other week I had the delightful experience of riffing with Patrick Healy of The Learning and Performance Podcast.  Patrick comes from a background in a field that was new to me, Learning Design.

Though I’m apt to botch the nuance in my layperson’s description of it, Learning Design means creatively and intentionally crafting a learning experience (including the materials, pacing, presentation and overall delivery method), and do so in a way that best gets the target audience to effectively engage and ultimately learn what there is to learn.

In other words, it’s the stuff of going well beyond throwing a textbook at someone and telling ’em to get cracking.

This perspective that Patrick comes from made for an exploration of coaching from a nuanced lens which is novel to me, namely how coaching maps on to learning and ultimately performance.  We open with a hearty survey of what coaches do and how coaching compares to ostensibly similar activities, like training and mentorship.

Some of my favorite parts:

  • How accountability is often the missing magic in coaching and why execution matters (17:30)
  • A big success of my own self being coached, and why it worked so well (37:02)
  • Advice for coaches starting out: get specific about your pitch (42:38)
  • My leeriness around AI’s growing presence in coaching (featuring reasoning beyond the mere fist shaking of a Luddite!) (47:47)
  • The 3 skills that make one stand out as an exceptional coach (in this definition, competence from training is mere table stakes) (53:15)
  • CoachAccountable as a long form love letter to the practice which has given me so much (1:12:18)
  • Why, if I had to pick, “Baller” would be the one word I’d get tattooed on me (1:16:54)



  1. Patrick Healy


    It was terrific to have you. I love what you’re doing with CoachAccountable. It was such a baller move to create it.


    November 11, 2023 @ 6:46 pm

  2. John

    Oooh, excellent usage of the phrase “baller move”, gold star for applied learning! And I’m honored to think that the creation of CA could even be deemed a baller move… I never thought of it that way, but I reckon that fits!

    November 13, 2023 @ 6:23 pm