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Magnetic Coaching: Part One
Magnetic Coaching: Part One
When you think about the effects of a magnet, it really has two effects. It either pulls things in or it repels them or pushes them away. Aren't people the same way? Think about a person that you met, that you were introduced to by a friend. Didn't you have an immediate impression of like, or dislike of that person? Now let us add some further context with a little bit of humor. Would it not be funny if somebody said, “so what did you think of my friend, Bob? And you actually said “I'm neutral. I really had no opinion when I talked to him? It sounds funny, doesn't it?
So, when we think about leadership and coaching, two things happen, we either pull people in or we push them away. Some common ways that we push people away is by calling them into our office as leaders and always giving them constructive feedback. It demotivates, it creates a lack of inspiration. It breaks down the very fiber of the team. On the other hand, if a leader were to call somebody into the office on a regular basis, praising them for a specific job well done would not that bring somebody into the fold, into the team environment, positively and cooperatively. Of course, it would. Magnetic coaching is about bringing people in and leveraging the good things that they do yet as well as making them aware of the opportunities where they can raise their game. We get so fixated on providing feedback and how to deliver constructive feedback. Our suggestion would be do not even use the words constructive feedback, use language such as raise your game or opportunities to support your strength, the opportunity to address some things that might personally frustrate you. Language is important and it invites people in versus pushes them away. Everything that we do with our language, either pushes people away or pulls people in.
Here is another example, Bob, you are doing a great job, but the one thing that frustrates me is your personal time management. You are all over the place. On the other hand, if a leader said, “Bob, here are the three areas I love to collaborate with you. You have great product knowledge, you work well with others, and you really know the company's procedures. And I think about adding time management to your list of strengths, hearing that, what goes through your mind and what could we do to together to facilitate that? Hopefully, you see how language can pull people into your leadership and into your team environment.
Magnetic Coaching is not a myth or concept our actions everyday push or pull people away!
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The Game of Coaching: Part Two
The game of coaching has changed. For so many years our major objection when collaborating with clients was organizations and their leaders saying they do not have time to coach. Here's The funny thing about that notion is coaching has really gravitated from it would be nice to do to now, we must do it. The caveat is that the game has changed.
Let us take a basketball game. If a team is down by twenty points and they are playing a zone defense a good coach would adjust and then go to a man-to-man defense. The players on the court who are playing the zone now must play man to man defense meaning they are going to have to be in really good physical shape as it's a much more difficult defense to play physically. The court is the same, yet now the court looks differently because the players are doing different things on the court. Coaches are today's leaders. The players are employees and individual contributors. The playing field really is equal to the organizational culture, and it is being conducted in person or virtually or a hybrid model. All these changes and circumstances require adjustments and navigation by the coach, the leader. The players need guidance and support now more than ever from whom? The coach, the leader. The field changes sometimes it feels daily from this virtual field to the hybrid field to the in-person field asking both the leader, the coach and the employee, the player, to adjust and do things differently in a brief period of time.
Coaching is a Game ... The Playing Field & Players Have Changed! Have You?
When we think about sports and we think about playing fields and players and leaders of teams couple things come to mind. If a coach were to go into a huddle during a game and look up at the scoreboard and say everybody we are down by 20 points but let's just keep doing the same thing what would the players think? Would they even wanna continue to play? Would they maybe even wanna switch teams? So think about the pandemic and how much our playing field has changed. We now have different playing fields of working from home or the office or both. Our customer playing fields have changed where we now interact virtually. The players on the field now want different things such as workplace flexibility. A leader cannot play a game and have curveballs and scores changing without reacting two such things. We have to navigate and adjust our coaching to provide employees what they need on the new playing field.
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WOW ... Today's Employee Has Changed ... How Leadership Coaching Can Help
Today's employee has dramatically changed and we as leadership coaches must change with those changes. People are quitting without having their next job as well as people are quitting jobs for more money not thinking about long term decisions that are affected by such decisions. The pandemic has caused people to look at themselves and their careers dramatically differently. I would say a few years ago if we had a friend who was quitting a job without their next job in place, we would say they were crazy, yet today it seems to be accepted because of this concept of the great resignation and people feeling the way they feel.
During this podcast we are going to teach some different conversation coaching strategies that you can apply to today's most common challenges associated with employees and how they are feeling with the current work world.
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There Is NO Buy-In To Coaching !!! That Notion is Crap!
I still hear from leaders this notion of buy in when it comes to coaching. Let me be very straightforward and candid- that's a load of BS! Let's look at this logically. If a manager does not have time to coach how the heck do they create more time when they need to interview and review resumes when someone leaves their organization? Coaching is a form of communication and leaders will typically communicate with their employees daily if not hourly so why not leverage something powerfully such as strength-based coaching that inspires and motivates versus hiding behind the proverbial I don't have time 'cause I'm really busy type of leadership which leads to what? Greater retention? Ha I doubt it. Please listen to this podcast and I hope it helps you in your organization.
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What A Winter Blizzard Taught Me About People
Yesterday I drove in the middle of the winter Blizzard coming back from up north Wisconsin. Needless to say the weather was terrible and there were white out conditions and if you have never driven in such weather it can be extremely dangerous. One of the most interesting things that I noticed was a long single line behind me and in front of me. The left lane was open but not plowed so I thought it was very interesting that everybody conformed to the single line. I thought to myself the only reason people could be doing this was for safety reasons. We all agreed to conform without really talking to each other, yet today when we get into conversations of politics or the use of the vaccination and if we have heaven forbid have different views we really don't talk and listen to each other. Yet, during a winter blizzard hundreds if not thousands of cars with people never speaking to one another conformed for the safety of one another. What an interesting thought!
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