Coaching has an identity problem in organizational settings. Everyone knows about coaching and may even use the term to describe how they work with people, but few are actually coaching. A new study demonstrates that managers believe they are coaching when they are actually just telling people what to do. Worse, because peers reward their micromanager-as-coach approach, the wrong behaviors are reinforced. The good news is there’s a fairly easy solution to help managers begin to coach and see powerful results.
While teaching coaching skills for more than a decade I’ve witnessed firsthand the massive shifts in how leaders communicate after receiving a little training. Yet, I was still surprised by
Modeling preferred behavior is a powerful way of influencing the people around you. But your example isn’t enough. People usually don’t know why or how you’re doing what you’re doing unless you tell them. Here’s how to ensure learning from your example.
Our workshop participants tell us that they learn a lot about interactive training by watching the way we lead our workshops. They see us model brevity of teaching, use many different interactive exercises, and facilitate skill practice during the workshop.
We model it. They see it. But in the end, they can’t replicate our training style. Why?
Being busy has become a badge of honor. It’s viewed as a sign of working hard. But too often busy-ness is the result of focusing on the wrong outcomes. Are you too busy to be successful?
We’ve figured out that if we want to feel successful and have others think well of us, we will get busy. Working hard, long hours, with a busy schedule are surely the signs of
“Just delegate it to someone on your team,” your well-meaning, but unhelpful, colleague advises you. If only it were that easy! Delegation is difficult because it’s a process, not an event. Here’s what you need to do to effectively delegate and get the results you’re looking for.
Delegation is a an essential leadership skill. Each stage of your leadership growth requires
Another year of writing on being a leader, coaching skills, and interpersonal communication and I can say interest in each of these topics is increasing. Leading ourselves and others is often mysterious, usually messy, and rarely simple. Here are the best leadership and coaching articles on my website by number of views in 2017.
Popular 2017 Leadership and Coaching Articles
I write on a number of topics, but the most popular are practical articles on leadership, coaching, and
Ships and airplanes have mysteriously disappeared in an area of the East Coast of North America known as the Bermuda Triangle. Leaders have Bermuda Triangles that make them feel helpless and fearful; things like public speaking, writer’s block, criticism, failure, and decisions. Here’s how to overcome your Bermuda Triangles.
Here’s the deal. The Bermuda Triangle is
Leaders need to be aware of the influence their presence has on a group. Just by showing up, leaders can disempower those they hope will step up and lead. Great leaders step back so others can step up.
At a conference I mingled and talked casually with leaders from different organizations. And then The Big Leader walked into the room. Something odd happened.
If you feel overwhelmed at work, you’re not alone. A recent ABCNEWS.com survey revealed that 50% of worker feel overworked or overwhelmed. Surprisingly, those of us who manage our own time and tasks, far from living the centered, focused lives we dream of, experience overwhelm of our own making. Here’s how to be free of overwhelm.
We try to work harder to gain some measure of control. We try working longer, putting in more hours to get it all done. We try working smarter by delegating tasks,