More managers that coach

Written by Matt Somers on . Posted in Coaching Skills Training

I don't know, you tell me!

I don't know, you tell me!

We ran our core programme, Coaching at Work for a client of ours last week. I once again record here the participants’ Personal Learning Objectives along with my closing comments.

Names have been changed to protect the innocent but I’ll send a free paper, Coaching for an Easier Life, for anyone who spots where I’ve got the replacement names from. Just leave a comment.

Foster                Something of a refresher

I hope it was! Coaching is certainly a skill that we can all benefit from revisiting from time to time.

Brown               Find something new within coaching

You mentioned the ‘Aims Cake’ specifically and I hope there were other areas that enabled you to build on what you knew already.

Upson      Coaching for motivation

In the end people can only motivate themselves. As a leader the best we can do is to create the circumstances that give the best chance of that happening. However a coaching conversation will quickly reveal sources of demotivation.

Lescott             Coaching to get ready for change

People will change when they:

•    Believe they can
•    Value the outcome
•    Are willing to try

And coaching is the best way of exploring these areas

Bridge             Coaching vs Line Management

I believe that people are inherently unmanageable. You can manage budgets and systems but not people. Coaching is the way to have people taking ownership and responsibility within the team, leaving you with more time to ‘manage’ in the traditional sense.

Wright-Phillips              Coaching for empowerment

You cannot give people empowerment; but they can feel empowered. This is about focusing on the Responsibility principle and being quite tough to begin with at the Options and Way Forward stages.

Barry             Coaching as opposed to carrot and stick

The carrot and stick is useful for donkeys but not much else! On a serious note, whilst the carrot and stick may get you a result in the short term its unlikely to endure and may end up causing resentment over time.

Jenas            Coaching for focus

Focus follows awareness. Ask me questions that get me more aware of my situation and my mind will naturally find the right things to focus on. Remember Catherine and the ball catching.

Milner                Coaching as part of line management

Once again: manage things; coach people

Rooney                See coaching from a different perspective

There are any numbers of different ways to coach. My models and things are but one way and I hope our training has added to what you’d learnt and experienced elsewhere.

Bent             Coaching for answers

Clearly we can’t coach out of people that which isn’t there, but through careful use of the Options stage we really can tap into people’s creative juices and dramatically increase the chances of them coming up with their own solutions.

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Matt Somers is the UK’s leading trainer of managers as coaches. His coaching skills training programmes, books, articles and seminars have helped thousands of managers achieve outstanding results through their people.

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