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Coaching as a Manager

Coaching as a Manager
3 October 2021 expositeadmin

Learning how to coach as a manager at work helps you guide employees to learn expert knowledge, personal insight, and new skills. Coaching provides team members with the training and tools to develop both professionally and personally whilst increasing their productivity in the workplace. Using just a few tools and techniques can transform a manager’s performance and impact as well as their team member’s performance. 

What Makes a Great Coach?

As a coach managers can quickly develop open and effective relationships with the teams and team members which enable them to motivate and inspire them to perform. The upside for enterprises is the role coaching can play in maximising the organisation’s performance and increase its profits. Here are seven ways to become a successful Manager as a Coach:

  1. Be open to new ideas

Listening to people is an essential part of being a Manager as a Coach. If a team member feels their opinions matter, they will be more inclined to feel valued. The knock-on impact of this is that they will be motivated to work harder and to seek new opportunities to take on new roles and more responsibility. One top tip is to ask for feedback from team members which has the benefit of showing that you are listening to them and opens the possibility of them sharing new ideas for improving performance and existing working practices.

  1. Boost confidence

Research has shown that if someone feels sufficiently confident to share their thoughts and ideas, they are more likely to achieve their goals. One way of encouraging this is to provide an open and supportive environment and ask for and acknowledging their ideas and input.

  1. Use mistakes as opportunities

If a team member makes a mistake, try to respond positively. Discussing what went wrong and providing encouraging feedback about how they may solve similar problems in the future is part of being a Manager as a Coach. Use mistakes as opportunities for reflecting and learning.

  1. Offer challenges

Motivating team members to aim higher and further can help them push themselves. By offering new challenges, you can provide opportunities for them to develop their skills and to take on new tasks they had not previously tried.

  1. Encourage peer-to-peer learning

Learning from each other is a powerful technique. Providing a space for team members to connect and to discuss their ideas and experiences helps them to learn from each other. Allow them to become coaches as well. Team members who feel supported by their colleagues are more likely to enjoy their jobs, which is good for overall team morale.

  1. Provide a path to success

If you notice a task is taking longer than expected or a team member appears to be losing interest the task, you it can be tempting to step and complete the work yourself. However, taking a task away from someone may prevent them from learning how to complete it. A good coach will set out a pathway and provide the support enabling the team member to find their own way to succeed.

  1. Create clear goals

Setting and agreeing objectives and goals is an important part of coaching. Team members need to know what is expected of them including the working method and time frame in which they must achieve them.

If you are interested in developing your coaching skills, then check out these Erasmus+ projects

  • Coaching MAPs which has been designed to help business owners and managers use a new coaching methodology focussed on performance improvement.
  • Projects On Time and On Budget (PRONTO) looks at how to implement business improvement projects and considers the skills that managers need to make then projects successful.
  • My Virtual Assistant (MYVA) – MYVA looks at a series of new digital businesses providing young people with opportunities to set up their own virtual enterprises as a MYVA including as a MYVA Coach.

At Exponential Training, we recognise the Coronavirus pandemic has and continues to cause a lot of personal hardship and damage to businesses and has impacted on the UK economy – if you would like a helping hand to get your business back on track, then call John Moore on 01455 845071 or email John on john.moore@exponentialtraining.com.



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