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Coaching to Support Learning: 3 Best Practices

Coaching to support learning is a process that gives learners a chance, after training, to go back to their jobs and practice using the concepts they just learned. Providing employees with two or three 1-hour coaching sessions creates an actual learning process instead of just a training event. This extra step is important in today’s…

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Could You Be More Coach-like in Your One-on-One Conversations?

Recently I was reading the white paper “Bringing Science to the Art of Coaching.” Authors Jack Zenger and Kathleen Stinnett look at a couple of key questions to explore while examining what research says about the effectiveness of coaching. Consistently, the data shows strong correlations between a leader’s coaching effectiveness and measures of employee commitment…

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3 Ways to Help Others Along a Leadership Journey

Blanchard’s Situational Leadership® II model is based on the idea that an individual’s development is goal or task specific.  It also teaches that there are four predictable phases a person goes through as they develop.  In a nutshell when learning something new we often start out as an Enthusiastic Beginner.  Then from there, if we…

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New Managers: Are You Having Trouble Letting Go of Old Habits?

Most leaders began their careers as high functioning individual contributors.  They had their sphere of responsibilities and took pride in their ability to accomplish tasks.  They were self-starters effective at how to get work done. These qualities likely contributed to their eventual promotion into a management role. But when they became a manager, their role…

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Sharing Feedback: 3 Ways to Help Others Improve

  I recently read an interesting Zenger Folkman white paper on feedback. What caught my eye is that more than 50 percent of people whom they surveyed said that corrective feedback has helped their career more than positive feedback has. Ken Blanchard loves to share former colleague Rick Tate’s assertion “Feedback is the breakfast of…

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: 3 Ways to Get Started

At times do you feel like there aren’t enough hours in your workday? Like you’re running after your work instead of being firmly in the driver’s seat? If you do, you’re not alone—not by a long shot. This is exactly what life was like for one of my coaching clients, a young, bright manager clearly…