|For those of you who know about coaching, the philosophy is that it’s all about the coachee. It’s about supporting them, encouraging them, creating space for them to reflect and come up with their own answers, to take accountability and make their own choices.
That’s all true, but it may still seem all too hard and not worth your time to use a coaching approach at work.
There’s another perspective I’d like to share with you which just might have you deciding that you too need to be coaching the people around you.
When we think about coaching in its simplest form, it really is the combination of asking great questions and really open, active listening. Through that process so many opportunities and benefits arise.
|And the list goes on.
|Now, if you’re coaching others, you’re creating these opportunities and benefits, you’re creating opportunities for people to make great decisions, to collaborate effectively, to communicate openly, and you’re role modeling great coaching so other people are picking up on those great listening, and questioning skills as well. Then they’re able to do the same thing.
How great do you look? What wonderful outcomes are you creating? What results are you part of? How big an impact will that have on a team’s performance? Even if you’re not the positional leader of a group, you can have a tremendous impact. That has to be good for you and your career.
If that’s not enough for you, let’s look more closely. If you’re not using a coaching approach then chances are:
- You have a lot of ‘have you got a minute’ conversations that seem to go on for hours. (on average it takes about 25 mins to get back to your work following an interruption)
- People hand their problems over to you to solve
- People come to you for answers, and how to do something, rather than remembering what you said last time they asked the same question
- You end up spending your time on someone else’s area rather than your own…delaying what you’d planned to do for the day. You become reactive not proactive.
- You have no chance to just think, you’re time and energy is being used elsewhere.
How is this impacting you?
Now, if you are coaching others:
- You don’t need to take ownership of all the problems people bring to you- simply coach them.
- Have you got a minute – can be exactly that
- You don’t need to know the answer to everything
- You will save time, over time
- You can be proactive rather than reactive
This all means you can focus on delivering what you specifically and uniquely can. You can focus on the high impact, value adding parts of your role. You can perform at your best, knowing that the people around you are doing the same thing…with a little bit of your coaching help.
How would this impact you and your performance at work?
Now think of the direct benefits that coaching others brings to you specifically, not just to the team or the organization. Coaching others means that :
- You will build connections and trust based relationships with the people around you.
- You will learn from their experiences, knowledge and ideas. You learn far more from listening than from speaking.
- You gain the personal satisfaction of helping others grow and develop. You’re not spoon feeding, you’re facilitating with great questions.
- You’ll be building skills in the people around you so they too can become better listeners and ask better questions of you.
- You will create opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing with you.
By coaching others you change outcomes for yourself, your team and your organisation.
Good for you, your performance and your career? I think so.