Keep your head in the game: The best managers are coaches

Leading a team to success is no easy feat.  When you look at successful sports teams and dissect their elements of achievement, it certainly has something to do with having the right people in the right place at the right time.  But it also extends beyond talent to having a strategic and effective coaching that prepares and leads the team to win.  There are three benefits that coaches have that translate to the workplace.  Managers can utilize these coaching best practices to help in closing the loop in the Effective Management Cycle.

Top 3 Reasons Effective Managers are Coaches

  1. Home Team Advantage
    The home team has an advantage because of the support of their fans; just like employees do with great management.  Great managers will cheer on their teams with recognition, genuinely want the team to succeed, and create an environment where the team feels comfortable to perform to their highest potential.
  2. Leverage Power Plays
    Effective managers will coach their team members and will use their hardest working team members to spearhead opportunity.  Partnering skills with possibility is a management skill that allows employees’ potential to be maximized.
  3. Strategize
    Great coaches and managers recognize their team members’ skillsets and use them effectively.  Acting proactively, as opposed to reactively, allows managers to set teams up for success so that they face opposition prepared and motivated to achieve.

The ROI on coaching and recognition will not only be measurable, but it will also be completely evident as the team shifts towards a more positive and productive group.  Changing your management style is not a simple procedure, but here are five tools you can incorporate into your day-to-day encounters with your team members now to begin making a change.

Top 5 Tools For Effective Management

  1. Stay Interviews
    A proactive approach to ensuring employees are happy, challenged, and engaged.
  2. Professional and Personal Growth
    Professional and personal growth is often intertwined for most employees.
  3. Clear Career Path
    With regular coaching, managers can encourage their teams and ensure they’re on the right path to realize their goals.
  4. Recognition Rhythm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Instead of performance reviews, managers should provide on-the-spot recognition.
  1. Everyday Feedback                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Good communication is open, honest and timely. Managers need to be accessible to employees for questions, support and encouragement.




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