How Does Managing by Coaching Really Work?

The phrases “managing by coaching” and “manager as coach” describe a management practice involving the application of various coaching principles to the management of employees and employee groups.Managing by coaching is a more practical, real-world implementation of the phrase “managing by walking around,” since, to me, the walking around part did not give the employees or the manager much opportunity to chat.At its heart (and soul), managing by coaching is about the manager talking with his employees to understand what motivates and excites them and how the manager and the employees can develop a continual dialogue on a variety of work related topics.It might be that the manager has an idea to improve a specific work process. He may not know exactly what is needed so he engages his employees in a problem-solving discussion. He enters the dialogue with his employees confident that, collectively, his employees will develop a solution and will be able to implement it. He understands his role to be that of the facilitator, the encourager, the coach.The manager may have the talents to facilitate the process review or he may have a team member who has been trained in that process. The central element here is that the manager understands it is more his role to encourage dialogue, problem solving and discussion. He understands he is more effective as a manager by encouraging his employees to arrive at solutions.I have worked with quite a few managers who were not certain, at first, that they could perform this managing by coaching role very well. Certainly they could learn how to manage, create a productive work environment, or establish effective motivating procedures. But they were a bit uncertain about the coaching role. They also sensed that they were missing a better understanding of the management role they occupied.When I see this uncertainty it is important to quantify its cause. I have found that diagnostic profiles assist managers in understanding what their strengths and talents are in motivating their employees better. These profiles help managers to understand not only their own behavioral preferences and drivers; they also help the managers to understand how to assess their employees’ behavioral preferences and drivers.It is important, as part of a managing by coaching program to help the managers and their employees become more success focused by training the manager to learn successful management techniques, successful coaching techniques, and the effective use of appropriate diagnostic profiles.The use of formal authority to lead and manage others does not yield effective results over time. Managing by coaching is effective at motivating and managing employees to excel.

Becoming Self Employed and the Road Ahead

The pathway that leads to self employment can have its ups and it can also have its downs. There tends to be times you love your “job” and other times you detest it. Using the term ‘job’ lightly, by no stretch of the imagination is it just a job, and it can not exactly be called a career path either, You can be confident in calling it a lifestyle or even a way of life. The thing that you will welcome about being in the ‘self employed’ bracket are the ups, downs, sideways and topsy turvy twists that come with it. So, let us have a look at some of these twists in the road, the ups and downs of the roller coaster ride.As soon as you go self employed there will be immediate changes that you will need to purposely adjust to, and quite quickly as well. You will notice that you will not have a manager or a peer to look at what your output is every day. Fantastic you are thinking, BUT this can be good and it can just as well be bad.Keeping Yourself On The TracksYou will now be solely responsible to keep yourself on track and productive. When riding on a roller coaster, there is always a set of rules. Obeying them will ensure your safety and well being. Disobeying will result in harm to your self or being kicked out of the park. Abiding by the rules, in this case, setting your goals out, planning properly, controlling things and being productive, will mean that you will have a fair chance of being successful. If you are unprofessional about it all and do not follow the rules you will put everything in jeopardy when you do not have to. So – think you can take all the bumps and bruises that the self employment roller coaster has to offer then? The only person that can keep you on the track is yourself.The Good Times Are GoodThe benefits to be had though are worth having. You future is in your own safe hands and no ones other than your own. You own the company, nobody else and every single amount of revenue you generate is for you. If you show some financial understanding and monetary management you can obtain early financial freedom. No more worrying about requesting off days, calling off sick, or whether you have a job or not by the end of the week. When your friends are concerned about their jobs and talking about it all the time you can lounge back and feel good about the fact that you are self employed.A Positive Attitude Does Go A Long WayWhen you get on the roller coaster at the fun fair you can be 100% certain about one thing. You may be roughed up a bit from the ups, downs, twists, and turns, but you will love the ride none the less. You must adopt this same attitude when you decide to go self employed. With out it you might as well keep the job that you are currently working at and save yourself the wasted time and effort. Are you going to let someone else lay down the tracks to your roller coaster or are you going to do it yourself?

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