You have probably heard of Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. You may be surprised that this classic text holds the key to understanding the difference amongst the many ways you can encourage development in your team.
I serve on the board of the International Coach Federation (ICF) Toronto Chapter. We held our annual coaching conference in February this year. The theme of the conference was ELEVATE.
As I sat through the conference of more than 200 coaches listening to our wonderful speakers, I reflected on the theme and what it means for leaders and coaches.
Some people love to say things like, “I already knew that” or “I told you so”. They may use other “I am smarter than you” habits like telling others that my story is bigger than your story. “Great story, but that same thing happened to me in an even bigger way!”
At Impact, we work with leaders who do not coast as they grow their businesses, transition into new roles, build and develop teams, and solve challenges. Our job, as coaches, is to challenge and support them in finding ways to expand outside of their comfort zones so that they get comfortable with the uncomfortable, and tell them “You got this”.
Most people come to work and want to be successful. If they are struggling with a part of their role or they are unable to progress, the reasons are usually complex. As coaches, we help people leverage their strengths, and identify self-limiting beliefs, blind spots or skill deficits
The new year is often a time of natural reflection. If we’re fortunate, the holidays have provided us the space to decompress. The start of the new year often causes us to take stock in our current direction and assess if we’re making progress towards our broader goals, both in our personal lives and our careers.
Tamara, a senior HR executive was concerned. She had just received a call from an SVP, Alim. Alim was an influential leader. He opened the call with, “the coaching isn’t working. Jennifer behaved badly in a meeting. There have been several complaints.”