The Coach: MVP

On  the  field,  courts,  or  in  the  office,  successful  coaches  are  getting  more  notice  and  may  very  well  be  their  institutions’  “most  valuable  players.”

Winning  Ways As  a  manager  or  owner,  it  is  important  that  you  coach  your  team  to  success.  Coaches  may  take  different  approaches  to  assembling,  motivating,  and  running  a  team,  but  they  also  share  certain  habits.  They  have  the  ability  to  create  a  strategy  and  set  short  and  long  term  goals  and  energize  the  team  to  strive  to  accomplish  the.   Coaches  assess,  communicate  with,  and  recognize  their  employees.    A  successful  coach  can  be  the  edge  a  team  needs  and  the  difference  between  winning  and  losing  –  whether  in  sports  or  in  business.  To  infuse  winning  ways  in  your  team,  put  on  your  coach’s  hat,  and  fire  them  up  to  help  them  make  the  most  of  their  skills.

Strategize  for  Success A  good  coach  has  a  solid  game  plan  –  one  that  has  been  well  thought  out  and  detailed,  but  not  so  rigid  that  it  is  never  altered  to  meet  unexpected  problems  and  changes  in  the  marketplace.  The  competition  is  always  shifting,  and  –  to  a  degree  –  your  plan  should  track  the  shifts.  As  coach  of  your  team,  it  is  vital  that  you  share  with  your  employees  your  vision  for  your  business  and  your  action  plan.  Be  sure  everyone  understands  the  goal  and  that  you  and  your  team  remain  focused  on  it.

Assess  Individual  Strengths Assess  the  strengths  of  each  of  your  employees,  and  give  them  roles  they  can  accomplish  and  which  also  provide  professional  growth.  Consider  each  employee’s  demonstrated  and  transferable  skills  as  well  as  skills  requiring  improvement.  Don’t  discount  an  employee’s  enthusiasm  and  willingness  to  take  on  a  new  challenge.  Also  learn  the  individual  goals  of  each  employee.  The  more  you  know  about  your  employees,  the  better  you  will  be  able  to  fit  them  into  your  game  plan.

Encourage  Professional  Development Providing  an  employee  with  proper  training  to  learn  new  skills  and  improve  on  their  abilities  is  important.  For  entry‐level  employees,  that  may  mean  showing  them  how  you  want  them  to  perform  crucial  tasks.  For  management,  focus  on  expected  results  and  negotiable  and  non‐negotiable  actions.  Cross‐training  employees  for  various  roles  can  be  a  win‐win:  a  well‐rounded  employee  becomes  more  of  an  asset  to  your  business,  and  new  experiences  allow  an  experienced  employee  to  stretch  her  comfort  level,  cultivate  new  proficiencies,  and  feel  better  about  her  work.

Recognize  Positive  Behaviors  and  Actions Managers  are  often  so  focused  on  catching  the  negative  that  they  forget  to  reinforce the  positive.  As  coach  of  your  team,  it  is  important  that  you  recognize  achievements  and  efforts  when  an  employee  exhibits  positive  behaviors  or  performs  a  task  well.  This  encourages  those  actions  to  continue  in  the  future  and  provides  a  blueprint  for  further  success.

Communicate,  Communicate,  Communicate Good  coaches  communicate  well  on  a  number  of  levels.  Their  expectations  and  directions  are  clear  and  tailored  to  each  individual.  They  often  alter  their  coaching  style  to  get  the  best  out  of  each  employee.   Their  ability  to  individualize  communications  often  fosters  a  greater  rapport  and  understanding  between  coach  and  player.  Effective  communication  should  not  be  limited  to  meeting  time.  To  begin  to  build  that  rapport,  provide  immediate  feedback  regarding  problems  or  successes,  pass  along  your  knowledge  where  appropriate,  and  solicit  ideas  and  opinions.  Be  sincere  in  your  actions  and  encouraging  in  your  words.

About Bill Donnelly

Experienced Turnaround Executive, Certified Business Coach and Accredited Master Mentor
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