Dear Terry – I Field Your Questions November 2014

Seth from Sioux Falls: Terry, everyone knows that coaching is a good thing. However, our managers don’t have a lot of time and coaching seems to be the thing that always gets squeezed out. How do we make coaching work in our environment? Thanks! Seth

Terry: Seth, first make sure that the coaching model you’re using is prescriptive and simple (see my previous article on that topic). Using Entelechy’s coaching model requires very little prep from managers and encourages coachees to self-assess – both great outcomes. Additionally, the questions that form the core of Entelechy’s Coaching Model are natural sounding and can be used in many situations that call for reflection – like post-project reviews and in-the-moment discussions.

Second, make coaching an option to be used with employees who WANT to be coached. A common mistake is that the manager try to coach everyone out of the gate. Pick one or two team members first; make it easy to embed coaching by starting small.

Third, leverage existing conversations. Most managers have regular one-on-ones with their employees. Add a quick five-minute coaching conversation to these meetings and watch performance and engagement soar!

From your email, it didn’t sound like you were using Entelechy’s Coaching Model. If you WOULD like to use Entelechy’s Coaching Model within your own existing leadership or management training, Entelechy can provide you with a cost-effective licensing option. Give me a shout!

Terry

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November 2014

Author: STEP Consulting