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Saturday Shoutout!!! Coaching

Saturday Shoutout!!! Coaching

Issue 1 | Number 8 | 21 April 2012

Graphics: © 2011 SFGYC.com

Quote of the Week – “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” – John Wooden

Ordinary people achieve extraordinary results in business. For many people these results are achieved through and with the support of coaching.  Have you been in a situation when you are a new manager who is feeling overwhelmed or an experienced employee who wants to become an effective team leader, a coach may be able to help you reach your goal?  Just as any sporting coach motivates players to perform better on the field, a workplace coach works one-on-one with you to help identify old behaviours that aren’t effective and push you to improve your job performance and working relationshipsThe articles outlined this week cover the broad aspects of coaching including, leadership, on-the job, performance and demonstrates that coaching does a role in developing our current and future leaders.

#1 Executive coaching: the secret weapon for high impact leadership.  Executive coaching has become the secret weapon for the development of high impact leadership in organisations and the edge for aspiring executives wanting to make themselves more marketable in the war for talent.  Read on.

#2 Better Business Results through Coaching.  In today’s business environment, on-the-job learning has become a major source for development and growth. Fostered by the pressure to continuously adapt, real-time learning with real tasks has been shown to provide the ideal environment for effective learning.  Managers are essential for on-the-job learning to occur. They frequently interact with their people, see how they accomplish their tasks and know what challenges they are facing. The way managers interact with their people, how much attention they give to them and the support, feedback and guidance they provide, are crucial competencies when it comes to developing people towards excellence.  Read on.

#3 Survey Finds Organisations Restrict Workplace Coaching.  Coaching is a powerful tool that is effective at boosting performance from the athletic field to the workplace.  In my previous blog post on workplace coaching culture, I reported that the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) recently found that 80% of the 250 UK organisations it surveyed have used coaching or are using it – and another 9% planned to do so. Of those whose companies practice it, 95% said it benefits both the organisation and the coached individual.  Read on.

#4 Performance coaching.  Coaching is a crucial management skill.  Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about the subject.  Here’s a list of 30 tips from Jeroen De Flander and Sir John Whitmore. The post has been reproduced by kind permission of Jeroen De Flander, author Strategy Execution Heroes. Jeroen will respond to comments on this post.  Read on.

#5 Coaching – Resolving the confusion once and for all.  Australian leaders today need a workforce that is aligned to organisations’ values, with the ability to deliver excellent customer service and increased work performance and results. In return, Australian workers want to feel valued, respected, recognised and appreciated for their effort.

Yet despite the evolution of coaching in Australiaover the recent years, there remains confusion about what coaching really is, and indeed, how to inspire and lead the workforce, using coaching skills as the forefront.  Read on.

Next week’s blog – Graduates

If you find these updates useful, feel free to forward on to a work colleague or friend.

About the Author

Tony Wiggins is the Founder and UX Editor of Saturday Shoutout!!! and The HR Architect Spends 5 Minutes with …. Tony utilises the blog ‘The HR Architect’ as a social media network and platform that empowers HR professionals to network, assist and support one another, spanning different countries, subcultures and niches.

Contact Tony at basketa@optusnet.com.au or https://twitter.com/#!/  on Twitter.

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