Developing On-the-Fly Coaching Habits

It all starts with good communication

You’re a good manager. You’re committed to being helpful, but you’re just not sure where to start. Coaching is the best way for you to be helpful to your employees. I’m not talking about sit-down coaching events with formal discussions and timelines. I’m talking about practical, everyday coaching.

The real point of coaching is to help others, and to unlock their potential. In doing so, you’ll likely end up helping yourself too. How? Effective coaching translates into you working less hard, yet having more impact. When you establish a coaching habit, you can eliminate employees’ overdependence and overwhelm, and prevent them from becoming disconnected.

How exactly do you develop a coaching habit? Luckily, as it turns out, coaching is pretty simple. All you need to do is ask questions, listen to the answers, and then ask more questions.

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Michael Bungay Stanier 2017

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Dr. Michael Bungay Stanier is the Senior Partner and Founder of Box of Crayons, a company that helps people and organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. They’re best known for their coaching programs that give busy managers the tools to coach in 10 minutes or less.

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