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Top 10 Tips for Effective Coaching

Coaching has HUGE Rewards

Coaching is something that sounds great in a presentation and might even make a good talking point during a meeting, but very rarely to managers and executives carry out a coaching program effectively. In these 10 tips, Chuck Reynolds shares some of the foundations and high-level optimizations that leaders must utilize in order to gain the most out of a coaching program.

The ten tips include:

  1. Ensuring what coaching is
  2. Checking your perspective on people
  3. Learning and practicing with an effective coaching model
  4. Engaging your boss
  5. Understanding personality differences
  6. Prioritizing time
  7. Stopping the need to put out fires yourself
  8. Seeking regular feedback
  9. Listening
  10. Constant growth and development


Choose the Strongest Model

One of the most important (at the beginning of this process, at least,) is choosing a strong coaching model to base your efforts from:            

It’s crucial that you start with a coaching model that is research-based and proven. That being said, there is a difference between taking a two-day seminar on coaching, and actually developing coaching skills. The course is an event, but the other is a process. Just as getting into (and staying in) shape requires consistent workouts rather than just one visit to the “fitness bootcamp” class, becoming a great coach isn’t a quick fix. After acquiring the coaching knowledge, it’s important to engage in continuous application. Partner with an organization that offers ongoing follow-up options.

Focus on Enabling the Team

One of the tips that seems counter-intuitive is number seven (stopping the need to put out fires yourself). Reynolds explains how being the only problem solver in your team makes your team more likely to bring you every problem instead of trying to solve problems themselves.

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About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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