What comes to your mind when you hear the word coach? Perhaps you’re imagining someone shouting directions at a basketball team or a baseball team. A view of them from afar might even be hilarious. Their scary faces ignite players to play harder to please these beasts. Missing a shot would definitely enrage them. The inevitable autonomy and supportive behaviours of coaches have a valuable impact on the players. They empower players to create a clear goal, to push their limits and to become successful athletes in the making.

What Work Coaching Really Is

Work coaching is the key concept in producing extremely effective people. It is a premeditated partnership in which the coach enables the employee to define goals, generate action plans, surpass obstacles, and accomplish results they may have believe unreachable alone. It’s geared towards unleashing potentials, making breakthroughs and identifying liabilities. A work coach can assist you in identifying loose ends and build bridges in your team.

You may need a work coach when:

  • You think your employees are taking advantage of you
  • Employees don’t live up to company’s standards.
  • You can’t get your work done on time.
  • You have trouble maintaining a good communication with your colleagues or staff
  • If you want to improve your skills and move ahead in your career

Work coaching can make things happen

It helps you achieve your organization’s goal. The individual’s goal and the team’s goal should go in tandem. The constant communication between you and the coach will transform you into an inspired, result-oriented and highly motivated leader. The work coach also addresses the shortfall in skills or lack of experience of the employees, who are the front-liners of the organisation. After a few coaching sessions, you will be able to create a harmonious relationship at work to boost your employees’ efficiency, and inspire them to improve their craft to become excellent team players.

Without doubt, you’re sometimes hounded by some undesirable performance-related behaviour. Your work coach trains you to use the right approach to deal with various work-related issues accordingly. Telling someone he has a “bad attitude” is indubitably not productive. You’re being judgemental  Get rid of the word “attitude” in your mind when dealing with your co-workers or employees. Allow your employee to recognise his own fault by exploring the situation with them.

Everyone needs coaching

You may have come to this page thinking it would be great for get coaching for others, but the most effective way to start is to get coached yourself first. Just because you’re the boss, you don’t need coaching? I beg to disagree. In this fast-moving world, managers are encouraged to “coach” their employees. Conversely, your knowledge about work and managing people needs constant improvement- if you want to keep with the times. Try to avoid the pitfalls that most un-coached managers make by learning more about work coaching. Get yourself coached by an expert and learn the techniques to coach your team yourself.

The alarming truth is, in most cases, your team members are uncomfortable about sharing their opinions to you, or to describe their real feelings about work. That’s when managers need to build trust, establish an open communication among their employees and become effective coaches. Talk to your employees. Ask them questions about their families and their interests. Win their trust by spending quality time with them outside work.

A healthy and productive organisation needs strong leadership. Your coach can work hand in hand with you in strengthening workplace relationships, promoting a more positive and conducive environment. Work coaching can lead to possibilities you have yet to realise alone. Would you say yes to becoming a highly effective individual? Work coaching is the answer.

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Paul Bailey

Paul is a highly experienced Business Coach, Mentor and Personal Development Specialist. He works with people to enhance business and personal performance through a process of supported self-awareness and self- development. Paul is the Co-Author of the book 80 Tips.