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Coaching That One Negative Employee

March 26, 2014 Posted by : Tim Hagen
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coaching a negative employeeWhy do we need to coach and/or challenge that one negative employee we have on our team or within the company?  There are many reasons to coach that employee.  Firstly, from a leadership perspective, if we don't address that person, we may lose the trust of the other teammates.  Secondly, we have to look at that employee with the negative attitude as an opportunity to help them see that there is a better way to react to situations in the workplace. Thirdly, we need to realize that negative employees lack the skill sets, behavioral attributes and the wherewithal in terms of how to deal with challenging situations.  

   It is incumbent upon us as managers, leaders and coaches to initially show them that this challenge is an opportunity for them to ultimately pursue actions to adopt a more positive attitude.  Some examples of actions that they can take are:  reading positive or inspirational materials,  watching motivational videos on YouTube, listening to meaningful and moving CD's.   Finally, challenge them on a day-to-day basis to help them develop ways to proactively handle situations in a more positive manner vs reacting negatively. 

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Tim Hagen
Tim Hagen

Tim Hagen founded Progress Coaching, 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. Tim is often a keynote speaker at companies teaching the value of coaching and conversations in the workplace. He possesses a unique combination of hands-on experience, academics, and innovative insight to solve the industry’s most common challenges specific to workplace performance. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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