A foundational building block at Progress Coaching is the knowledge that the number one factor that motivates people for success is a sense of progress. We didn’t just pull that out of the air. In an extensive study completed by Teresa Amabile out of Harvard Business School, 76% of participants felt most motivated when they had the sense that they were progressing or getting better at their job.
Let's be honest we tend to deal with attitude only when it rears its ugly head. All too often managers and corporate America bring their employees into their office to give them that quick and swift attitude adjustment. You know, where we tell somebody to shape up or else and of course they magically do it right? That was a joke!
There’s a certain stigma surrounding the field of therapy, negative connotations arise when someone mentions the word, and begins to wonder the mental stability of the person in question. However, while it still maintains this stigma, the results of therapy have produced wondrous outcomes for the people who have taken advantage of it. The same can be said for a business that takes advantage of a coach. If you, like myself, have trouble distinguishing between the two, here’s a couple of key differences between coaching and therapy.
Coaching uses questions all the time. Questions are a great way to learn what your employee is thinking and how they would handle certain situations. As a coach, your goal is to lead the employee towards learning, progress, and solutions, while letting the employee discover these solutions for themselves. Questions are a great way to steer employees in the right directions without giving them answers directly.
Employee connectivity is generally overlooked when it comes to coaching. A lot managers may not understand the importance connectivity has, or maybe they just assume that employees develop it all on their own. Some employees will be able to form strong connections in all four categories without any coaching, but connections also need to be maintained. Connectivity is fragile, it can be there one day and gone the next. It is important for managers to continually coach to building and maintaining connectivity. Managers need to coach to connect, meaning they should be mindful of their employees connectivity in each level and how it is improving.
Gallup organization's research shows that less than 30% of employees are truly engaged. However, it also states that 85% of employees who are engaged have said that they are going to stay with their current employer and are not looking for another job.
Self-development can be a frustrating subject for coaches. Ultimately, the amount of self-development that an employee does is up to them. What employees might not know is that any self-development they do benefits the entire company. Your job as a coach is to inspire employees to pursue self-development. This is where WIFT comes in.
Coaching your employees to be motivated can be difficult. Motivation comes from within, so its not a surprise when a manager saying, "everyone needs to be more motivated" doesn't help increase motivation at all. Motivation is tricky, not everyone is motivated by the same thing or in the same way, but when everyone is motivated, the results include progress, engagement, and success.
Coaching is not managing. Managing is telling your employees what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. Coaching, on the other hand, is a way for managers to guide employees toward figuring out these answers for themselves. By doing this, employees feel more engaged, motivated and prepared to handle future projects and problems they may have. Employees progress with coaching.
Progress, productivity, sales, income. Every manager would like to see an increase in each of these categories. That increase is directly related to an increase in motivation. When employees are motivated they get more done, and overall they do a better job. Employee motivation is the key to success in the work place.
The purpose of coaching is progress. We coach to help employees progress toward their goals and eventually achieve them. Coaching is the means to a successful end. Progress can be seen in many aspects of an employee and their work. Motivation, attitude, engagement, effort, relationships, etc. all show how an employee is progressing, and each of those aspects is developed by coaching. Progress develops from good coaching techniques. Here are 7 coaching techniques to help increase progress.