What workplace coaching is

Workplace coaching is about engineering the interaction to balance or even offload the thinking.

Team members come to leaders with questions. Usually the questions are sticky, hence the consultation. I encourage you not to answer. Even if the answer is right there, locked and loaded. Keep it to yourself.

Instead, guide a conversation. Discover where the friction is. Ask questions. Ask follow ups. Get them talking. By doing so you are offloading the thinking. You have smart people on your team. Tap into their brilliance.

Who knows. Maybe they come up with something way better than what you were thinking.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on July 16, 2020

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