Are you coaching your team?

team coaching, Kimberly Brust, Kim BrustWe talked about personal coaching, but how about your team?  Most of us don’t work alone.  We have a team of people working with us.  If we are not coaching them, then we are not developing our team to maximize their potential.

I realized that in order to have a high-performing team, you have to spend time coaching them.  During my own development, I started to use what I learned to develop my team.

Specifically, I used information gathered from a couple of different books:

  • 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencione
  • 4 Disciplines of Execution, by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, Jim Huling
  • It’s Your Ship, by Captain Michael D. Abrashoff

Much of what I learned in these books were about topics we hate to address: confrontation, accountability and how to lead.

First and probably my biggest hurdle was to identify myself as a leader and to begin to act like one. That meant making hard decisions, executing and then explaining to the team. This included admitting mistakes to the team, when I made them. Asking for their input to solve problems. Realizing that I had some pretty awesome people working with me that were very capable of helping me with the things I was not good at.

Secondly, I wanted to identify each team member’s strengths and personality.  I use Strengthfinders 2.0 and MBTI.  I want to talk in terms that they understand.  What a communication breakthrough this made in my office. Additionally, this helped with the buy in on strategy implementation.

Finally, I realized that holding team members accountable actually created a happier work environment. Truthfully, holding myself accountable made me happier, too.  Thanks to the 4 Disciplines of Execution, we know what to measure to achieve goals, which in turn leads to higher job satisfaction.

For questions regarding information in these books or how to implement, please contact me. I will be happy to help.

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