Coaching Insights: What Coaches Can Learn from the Hitman Series for Success

Nov 2, 2023

Failure is a part of life. If you don’t fail, you’re not learning.

Dark Souls

If you’re a fan of stealth games, chances are you’ve encountered the iconic Hitman series. Created by IO Interactive, this series has set a high bar for the stealth gaming genre. I have played this game for nearly a decade and gained insights that extend far beyond the gaming realm. Let’s explore these lessons through a coaching lens:


Calmness and Patience Are Key

In the fast-paced world of Hitman, maintaining a cool head is essential. The same principle applies to real life and coaching. Remaining calm and patient, regardless of the situation, is a cornerstone of effective decision-making and problem-solving. Panicking and impatience can cloud your judgment, hindering your ability to accomplish your goals.

Embrace Strategic Planning

Just like the methodical Agent 47, strategic planning, when viewed from the coaching lens, becomes a powerful tool. Whether you’re tackling a work project or making personal life decisions, meticulous planning significantly increases your chances of success in both the game and your coaching journey. Research, acquire necessary skills, explore various options, and execute your plan. Planning also allows you to develop contingencies in case of unexpected setbacks.


Adaptability Is Vital

Even the most foolproof plan can go haywire due to unforeseen circumstances or a simple misstep. Hitman’s adventures often remind us that life is unpredictable. When things don’t go as planned, it’s crucial not to panic but to adapt and overcome. If you’ve embraced calmness, patience, and strategic planning, this adaptability should come more naturally. And if you’re a coach, well, you are already well-versed in adaptability.


Explore Multiple Solutions

In the world of Hitman, there’s rarely just one way to complete a mission. In coaching, coaches offer different perspectives to the clients, often leading to the ‘aha’ moment. Similarly, in real life, problems often have multiple solutions. To find the best path, you can adopt a coach-like attitude and consider every option, leverage available resources, and choose the approach that aligns with your goals. Ultimately, it’s the results that matter, regardless of the route you take.

Embrace Simplicity

Hitman’s world teaches us that sometimes the simplest solution is the most effective one. Sounds familiar? The same is true for coaching as well. In our lives, self-doubt and a lack of confidence can often lead us to overlook straightforward opportunities. Take notice of the simple, yet effective paths to your goals. Work smart, seize opportunities that present themselves, and stay focused on your objectives.


Ultimately, life can be challenging, but learning from the master assassin (or a coach) can offer profound insights. Set your targets, gather knowledge, and choose the most efficient route to achieve them. Remember, it’s not about the complexity of the journey; it’s about achieving your objectives. Keep killing it – both in coaching and in the game! ????

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Silvester Jacob
Silvester Jacob

Silvester Jacob

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