The Four A's of Successful Coaching

by Tim Hagen on Tue,Jun 21,2011 @ 08:37 AM

The following blog post will examine the 4 A's of coaching and how we can leverage them to build better employee performance:


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  • Attitude - do you as a coach possess the proper attitude toward coaching? Before you answer do you look at employees when they mistakes with anger or frustration? Or do you look at it consistently as an opportunity to build a better employee?

  • Actions - When coaching are you facilitating actions such as reading, role-playing, discussions, case study reviews, etc? Actions are those elements that foster improvement in specific areas of performance unique to each employee. Coaching cannot be about just talking, rather actions are what build skills and confidence.

  • Ask - Do you ask questions on a consistent basis. For example, do you ask "self-actualized" questions? A self actualized question is typically a what question combined with a success imperative. For example"what will you do to successfully overcome this challenge?

  • Accountability - This is the biggie! Accountability takes on many forms and thoughts as it relates to coaching. Do you have leaning projects due between coaching sessions? This helps develop better performance while you as the leader are not present. In addition, it tests the accountability and commitment of the employee toward their willingness to get better.

For more thoughts on developing a coaching program at your company here is a nice white paper to help:


Also here is presentation "Coaching to Inspire & Motivate":

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This post was written by Tim Hagen

Tim Hagen founded Sales Progress, a Training Reinforcement Partner Company, in 1997. His entrepreneurial career began in college leading to positions in sales, sales management, and sales training for small and large corporations, and eventually ownership of several training companies. He possesses a unique combination of hands-on experience, academics, and innovative insight to solve the industry’s most common challenges. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.