PLACE Magazine Inaugural Issue, December 2022


Your Team To Success

Add these best practices to your coaching Debbie De Grote, Co-Founder, Forward Coaching

PREPARING FOR YOUR COACHING SESSIONS Time is valuable; it’s imperative you make every coaching session. Begin with being well-prepared: • Block time for the meeting to ensure no interruptions or distractions • Determine how you will meet (video chat or phone) • Set up a coaching file for each person on your team in advance so you can easily review goals, numbers, personality assessments, and previous session notes/ action items • Establish a system for scheduling, confirming and delivering post-session follow-up Being well-prepared shows you are invested in the outcome. If you demonstrate you feel the session is important, they will likely follow suit. It may take them longer to master the fundamentals and take action than you hoped it would, so keep finding new ways to bring them back to the actions and skills they must do and must master. Be relentless and realistic about their path to progress, that doesn’t mean, though, that you should buy into their stories and excuses. START POWERFULLY When your session begins, avoid long anecdotes and idle chit- chat. Instead, “build the bridge,” with a 15 to 30-second, “What was exciting about your week?” or “Of everything on your plate, what’s the most vital for us to discuss today?”

Coaching is a remarkable tool with immense power for helping others discover new realms of possibility. As shared by Timothy Gallway, “Coaching is centered on unlocking a person’s potential to maximize his or her own performance and the development of skills.” For leaders looking to amplify their team’s performance, coaching is KEY. Yet, before diving into how to be a great coach, let’s discuss what coaching is not. Coaching is not training, deal- doctoring, or sharing personal stories of how you did things. Coaching is : • Helping your team members find and achieve greatness within themselves to overcome any limiting beliefs. • A two-way street. With everyone you coach, be well- prepared and give them your best. In return, they must be willing to show up, participate and do the work. You cannot be overly attached to the outcome; it’s up to the team member to do the work. • Balancing candor with care. If you see something inhibiting the achievement of your team member’s goals, you must say something. Be relentless in getting them where they need to be. As a coach, your job aspires to five achievements: 1. Inspire 2. Give hope 3. Help team members chart a course to pursue their dreams 4. Reveal blind spots 5. Help them master the fundamentals


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