Managers move from control and compliance to an empowering and enabling mindset, allowing their direct reports to flourish.
Some managers are naturally good at getting the best out of people; so good, it seems effortless. Some managers aren't so good and may even find it difficult. Some may have become demotivated, have the potential but lack the skills. Having managers performing at their best, brings huge benefits to any organisation and a little investment goes a long way.
My approach is based on the outcome of my research and current academic thinking. It is a three-stage training approach, working with managers before, during and after the training, supporting them as they embed their new skills and knowledge.
As a consequence of taking part in the whole training intervention, managers are:
- asking direct reports what to do, not telling, empowering their teams;
- asking open questions instead of creativity-stifling, leading questions;
- learning new things about their direct reports because they can now listen properly;
- more confident at delegating;
- getting time-back as their direct reports become more independent;
- developing their own coaching strategy.
I ensure the managers are ready and willing to take part, engaging and motivating them with their own coaching experience.
This enables managers to practice their new skills using their real-life examples in a workshop-setting; to learn through experience in a safe environment, as well as benefitting from being coached by their peers. I deliver only what they need to know to begin coaching their direct reports so the training does not lose credibility with busy managers. As a result and working only with small groups to ensure the quality of the learning experience, the workshop is 3-4h in length, including how to implement their new skills back in the real-world.
I work with each manager as they begin their coaching journey, supporting them individually as they progress. The length of time I do this depends on you, but the value of support cannot be underestimated for people who are new to coaching: it provides the reassurance they need and expert support to resolve their questions whilst their new skills embed.
To find out more about my research-proven approach, please get in touch.
I am as passionate as you are about enabling managers to achieve their potential.