Former Verizon Wireless CEO, Denny F. Strigl offers these tips for how to be a good coach to an employee. He explains that good coaches help performers by:
- Keeping them focused.
- Giving them objective, helpful feedback.
- Acting as a sounding board for new approaches.
- Identifying blind spots that may be holding the performer back.
- Reinforcing key values, principles, and behaviors that improve performance.
- Recognizing positive behavior and performance.
- Providing encouragement after setbacks and failures
- Setting “stretch” goals.
- Acting as an accountability partner.
Strigl believes that some managers fail in their coaching roles because they:
- View coaching as babysitting.
- See coaching as only correcting performance.
- Don’t spend enough time with their employees.
- Are reluctant to criticize.
- Have social relationships with their employees.
- Have a “sink-or-swim” philosophy.
- Believe coaching is not helpful or meaningful.
“Coaching may actually save time by preventing extensive retraining or intervention to get a failing employee back on track or keep the person from falling off course in the first place,” explains Strigl in his new book, Managers, Can You Hear Me Now?
Every conversation you have with an employee has the potential to be a coaching conversation!