Join Lisa Gates for an in-depth discussion in this video Busting myths and finding time, part of Coaching and Developing Employees.
To be successful in implementing the new coaching tools and practices I'm laying out in this course, we need to bust some old school myths. Take a minute and think about the people you manage. Chances are, you can divide your team into three types, high achievers, dependable performers and everyone else. Looking through your own career lens, you've probably played all three roles, I know I have. In hindsight, I can clearly see where a lack of career development played a role in my decision to stay hidden in the everyone else pile or to find the exit from time to time. So let's bust some myths.
Myth number one, there is no time. This is big. How many times have you heard this? We constantly challenged to do more with less. So if you start having these short frequent conversations with people you might think you'll never get anything done. And what if you're already spending too much time trying to motivate people in the everyone else category? The question of time really comes down to your management style. How much time do you spend putting out fires and checking up on people? Or taking over other people's projects.
I understand the motivation. But the coaching tools and practices you'll be exploring in this course are designed to help you become more collaborative, and less directive. You'll be giving people more autonomy and doing less handholding. Myth number two. I'll lose my job or I'll lose my team. You might fear that grooming someone so well would put them in line for your own job. Or if you get really good at coaching and developing people you could lose them to another department or company. It's true.
I understand the fear, but growth for your team is growth for you. It's one thing to manage in such a way that you create a revolving door of average talent. That would be a job killer. But it's quite another to manage people toward depth and mastery and to open up doors for people. So the flip side of the myth that you'll lose your job is that you're actually constantly creating value for the company and yourself. Myth number three. Development is the employee's responsibility.
It's partly true. Your employees are responsible for driving their careers. But we all need collaborators, people who help us unlock our creativity and purposefulness. The core elements of true job satisfaction. In my experience there's no question, career development coaching can turn around a disengaged employee. But it can also accelerate the growth of your high achievers. So right now I want you to do two things.
First think of two or three people on your team you'd love to help grow. These are the people you'll experiment with to develop your coaching skills. Next open up your calendar where do you have two or three ten minute chunks of time you can block out every week. You may be tempted to say nowhere. But you're creating a new habit that needs protected space in your calendar to master it. Three people, three ten minute chunks, find the time.
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- Finding time to coach
- Establishing a relationship with your employees
- Asking powerful questions
- Becoming an active listener
- Maintaining accountability
- Using questionnaires and self-assessments
- Aligning professional goals with company objectives<br><br>
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