As a manager, your role will be dual as you will be coaching a coachee who reports directly to you, and you must keep the goals of the organization front and centre.
This does not stop you from coaching your employees to work to achieve their full potential both professionally and personally.
Coaching provides you with additional tools to best ask key questions that will better prepare your employees to be more engaged and better contribute to the organization.
There are 7 fundamental tips to follow in creating a coaching environment in your place of work:
- Preparation. Be prepared for your coaching sessions and be on time.
- Respect. Treat the session with your coachees as you would any other important appointment.
- Commitment. Do your homework as you would expect your coachees to complete their homework before coming to the meeting.
- Clarity.Set clear timelines and agenda for the meeting prior to meeting with your coachees.
- Focus. Remove all distractions from the meeting. Block the time off as unavailable and do not answer the telephone or allow any interruptions.
- Flexibility & Variety. Look for different ways to coach the employee and choose the one that is best for that moment. Be prepared to adjust for next session depending on the coachee’s needs and that of the organization.
- Lighten Up! Lighten the session by using humour, or a light, fun and entertaining story. People learn and grow when they are relaxed and at ease in your presence.
For each of the above 7 tips for creating a coaching environment, what will you be doing differently in your place of work? Please write your comments below.