What is Journal Based Coaching?
Journal based Coaching is the use of the journal in the coaching process. Journals serve both the coach and coachee extremely well. Coaches can provide learning projects, tasks that are due at the next coaching session, and have the employees right those tasks in their journals. In addition, the coachee can write down the feelings, questions for the manager, and simple observations both positive and negative to share with their manager. Journal Based Coaching allows for a more smooth and seamless interaction between the manager and the employee. When employees observe and / or document observations it provides a strong frame of reference to continue not only the coaching relationship but specific coaching dialogs. Employees want to be coached but often when employees and managers get together the manager makes the fundamental mistake of going into corrective action mode by addressing the things that he or she wants to fix in the employee. In addition, there have been some recent studies out of Harvard that show the value in keeping a journal. A journal can help reduce stress and maintain a healthy mental disposition by writing down one's thoughts, feelings, and positive observations in the workplace.
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