8 Key Steps To Coaching Your Employees Successfully

For an added advantage to develop your business, try working with your employees like they are a part of your team and you are their coach.

You need to encourage them, plan the action with them, make sure that they all know what they are going to do 'on the field', play on each one’s strengths and make sure you are there to listen to their problems and confusions and guide them as and when required.

As a manager your responsibilities include coaching your employees. You should ideally be a role model for all those working under you. Instead of randomly demanding results from your employees, learn to motivate and extract better results from them.

You should know them well enough to understand what they can and can’t do, what the extent of their knowledge is and their particular strengths.

If you are doing this for the first time the task can be quite daunting. Given below are some tips that would make your job simpler.

1. The first obvious question, is how to maintain your output objectives while simultaneously giving your employees individual attention and inspiration to give in their best.

2. You have to understand that coaching your employees is not leading them by the hand and spoon-feeding them. Rather it is building objectives, goals and motivating people to achieve the same.

3. You need to spend time with your team members to understand them better. You don’t need to have professional managerial training to do a good job out of managing people working under you. All you need to do is to take it one step at a time and be confident and assertive about whatever you do.

4. Whenever a person in your team does well, make sure you applaud them and give them due recognition. Even though they know when they do well, it always helps to get a word of praise from your boss. It motivates them to do better in future.

5. Your team is a collective unit but each player is unique. Spend time with each of them and understand how you can motivate them best. Once you get comfortable you can ask them directly if you have to.

6. You can pick out one person from your team at regular intervals and study them individually - their work habits; their inter-relationships with other people in the team etc. This way you can figure out where they need help.

7. You can take tips from your own coach or mentor or take short-term courses to become better and more efficient in your role.

8. Like each member of your team is unique, so is the case with managers. Each manager has a style of his/her own. By utilizing your own strengths, you will find that you are able to extract the best from anyone in your team - and sometimes you will be better than other managers. It's just down to style and capability.

But whichever way you do it, you have to remember that coaching your employees is a vital part of any and every managerial position.


© 2013 Martin Haworth is a business and management coach and trainer, working worldwide with SMEs & corporates and based in the UK. He has extensive experience in the delivery of one- and two-day training programs on a whole range of tactical management skills to be found at the workshops we do as well...

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