Many of you will be reading this on your first day back at work after a break for Christmas and the New Year.
It’s a time for New Year’s resolutions and other plans and I would like to suggest that you add “coaching people” to your list if it’s not already part and parcel of what you do.
We can see coaching as a task or an event; something that needs to be planned and scheduled. There is nothing inherently wrong with this and much good coaching takes place in just this sort of context but to limit coaching to just these formal exchanges is to minimise its usefulness.
There are dozens or work place conversations that naturally lend themselves to the coaching approach and which require no more time than we’d spend having them anyway. Getting ready for an important meeting by chatting in the lift, trying to learn a few important lessons from that last sales pitch as we walk back to the car or any number of other situations can all be enhanced ay adding a few choice coaching questions and thinking hard on the answers.
I hope you can find ways to make coaching part of your work this year and wish you every success in the coming months.