When thinking about coaches of athletes, we typically picture the in-game situations. High-intensity, focused instruction paired with cheers and positive affirmations are the general structure of a coach’s interactions with players in a game or match. But what about practices? How does the coach play a part outside of the intense game play in helping the individuals they are coaching become better at their craft? And how do they get the individuals to remain ENGAGED?
I keep seeing more and more products about getting employee feedback. There are more software companies that are helping organizations collect data specific to the workplace and how employees feel. I find these valuable but on the other hand I also find them very high level and not helping organization facilitate dialogue between management and employees.Companies conduct annual or biannual engagement surveys asking employees of their job satisfaction. It's been estimated in some studies over 70% of employees and corporate America are not happy with their jobs but then why are we doing such studies or surveys when we cannot deal directly with the employer?
When managing a team we have to be very careful to assume we have a great team or that were building a great team without some very specific imperatives.So often managers will nebulous lead describe how people need to act as good teammates or be a part of the team but what does that exactly mean and that leads us to our steps:
There are so many acronyms people use for the word team but here's one I just created to hopefully provide you further and deeper thought about your team. The goal of this blog post is to serve as a benchmark for you to truly evaluate your team and where they're at. This is not to suggest there is a perfect team but hopefully the questions by each letter in the word team will provide you insight and deeper thought to where you have an opportunity to build an even better team:
Let’s just start with the negative views of both coaches and consultants. There’s a phrase an often heard about consultants along the lines of, “Give the consultant a watch and he’ll tell you the time.” Or, going back to coaching, how they are like consultants with less experience. When it comes right down to it, your business needs them both, and here’s why.