Can Your New Team Members Be Coached?

In hiring new team members, one of the things you need to look for is: can they be coached?

Coaching will bring out the best in your team.  Your investment in this time will bring you rewards you cannot imagine.

Some of the first lessons I coach are about time and focus.

  • You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. (If you are not spending time with people that want to be successful, you will be carrying an anchor.)
  • 15 minutes early is on time, on time is late and late is unacceptable. (This reminds team members that time is valuable: yours and mine. Additionally, it always take a few minutes to get your head in the game and transition from what you were last doing.)
  • First seek to understand then be understood. (Ask questions.  If you are the only one talking you are not learning or gaining clarity.)
  • Carry a journal with you at all times. You never know when someone is going to say something that is valuable.  Write it down. Take notes.
  • Give more than expected and someday you will receive more than you deserve. (People recognized when you are doing more than required, even when no one says anything.)

This is a start. While it might seem like most of these should already be understood, you will be surprised how many people need to hear this.

Set up a coaching schedule in your office.  Concentrate on the strengths that your team member already has and work to maximize them.  The rewards will be astonishing.

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