Wise Words on Coaching

December 11th, 2013

Support and Motivate Just About Anyone

Researching content for my latest holiday video, I found many articles about how to be a good workplace manager, and many others on being a good sports coach.

But one article in particular supplied what I thought was excellent advice for any kind of coaching, formal or informal, business-oriented or not.

Four Top Coaching Tips that Work in the Real World,” by Sean McPheat, author of Coaching and Mentoring, provides guidance applicable in any number of situations:

1) Encourage self-evaluation

Not only does it help folks figure out for themselves what they need to do, it encourages self-awareness and accountability.

2) Create a vision that inspires

It’s not enough to set goals – those goals must have inherent worth and meaning. A vision can also support creativity and, of course, motivate action.

3) Set challenging expectations

Measures and milestones on the way help maintain focus and energy while also building confidence as progress is made. Making these milestones challenging can push people beyond what they might do if left to their own devices.

4) Build ownership & commitment

The sum total of taking risks, making decisions, solving problems and building confidence is essentially ownership. And once those actions have been taken, commitment goes hand in hand.


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