Archive for coaching SmartBlogs
Techniques fiction writers employ to develop characters can provide insight into how managers develop their employees. Learn the secret that one novelist, Ellis Avery, uses to develop her characters.
This technique can give managers real-world insight into how they can help their employees succeed.[…] Continue Reading »
Can a manager be an effective coach? Some (often, professional coaches) say that they can’t and shouldn’t, because they have too much of a vested interest in the outcome of the coaching and couldn’t possibly be neutral enough to hold back on their opinions.
Then again, a lot of managers think they are already coaching when what they are really doing is a lot of teaching, advising and telling — or, worst case, micromanaging (think Pointy Haired Boss from “Dilbert”).[…] Continue Reading »
Coaching your employees requires commitment. It must be planned in advance, not done off the cuff.
Management today is really about enabling people to succeed and that means providing them with the guidance, resources, feedback and support they need to do their jobs.
Coupling feedback with expectations is the foundation of manager-to-employee coaching. It’s also the method by which managers can help employees and teams get the work done and promote higher levels of engagement and productivity.[…] Continue Reading »
Wise leaders look at what an employee can do rather than what he cannot do.
The lesson for leaders who evaluate people — that is, every leader — is to adopt a “glass half-full” versus a “glass half-empty” attitude. An executive who is evaluating talent should ask three questions about the individual:
- Does this person have the skills to do the job?
As a manager or business owner, it’s easy to become mired in day-to-day minutiae, but don’t forget about your employees! To ensure your staff moves in the ideal direction, you must provide guidance and constructive suggestions for improvement. Generally, employees want to excel at their jobs, but you need to help shape their output.
Creating a culture conducive to regular coaching and feedback is vital.[…] Continue Reading »