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How To Be A Good Coach

In Coaching, Eric Jacobson Leadership, Eric Jacobson On Leadership on July 6, 2016 at 5:07 am

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 book, Managers, Can You Hear Me Now?

Every conversation you have with an employee has the potential to be a coaching conversation!

The Five Points Of Professionalism

In Company Culture, General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Leadership Books, Leadership Education, Leadership Skills, Leading By Example, Management, Mentoring, Motivating Employees, Team Building on December 12, 2010 at 7:53 am

Here’s more good advice from The Everything Coaching And Mentoring Book:

Professional behavior on the job means that work habits are strong and consistent.  Your organization’s work ethic should be solution- and positive-results-oriented.

And you should regularly take inventory of these five points of professionalism:

  1. Honesty and integrity
  2. Learning and initiative
  3. Resilience
  4. Positive attitude
  5. Teamwork

Check out these useful online resources for more coaching and mentoring tips and advice:

3 Coaching And Mentoring Tips

In General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Leadership Books, Leadership Skills, Leadership Training, Management, Mentoring on December 4, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Here are three great tips from the book, The Everything Coaching and Mentoring Book:

  • Coaches do not motivate their employees; they inspire them to motivate themselves.  This is best accomplished by allowing employees to see clearly where they stand in the organization versus where they want to be in their careers.  That is, what are their self-interests versus what the company can offer them.
  • A mentor always exercises the power of suggestion. That is, wise mentors offer up plenty of suggestions to their mentees. They pose alternatives.  But they refrain, as much as possible, from telling their mentees what to do.
  • Mentoring is all about sharing experiences.  It is about mentors imparting the multiple lessons that they’ve learned to their mentees and helping them better navigate through their own careers.  By absorbing these lessons–of mentors’ mistakes and successes–mentees are better prepared to move forward with knowledge and confidence.
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