Using coaching techniques can help you foster growth and learning in your organisation, and is an act that ultimately leads to higher productivity. Whether your company is still in its infancy, or has been around for a while, the following techniques can bring significant improvements to your work culture, talent attrition, and the ability to meet your goals:
Be transparent about your vision
Often, most CXO level personnel believe that matters related to vision and are growth are solely their concern, while the rest of the team works on the execution side of things. However, this isn’t the most effective way to make sure your vision is met. Sharing your goals with your team can ensure they not only know what they are working for, but are also more motivated to work hard. Additionally, while setting and communicating goals, it is always essential to maintain an open channel of communication that allows your team to offer feedback and raise concerns while goals are being set.
Encourage teamwork and coach your team to trust each other
Many leading organisations make one crucial mistake – they foster a culture of needless competition which leads to a work environment that’s filled with politics, back-biting, and chaos. Coach each employee to not just perform to the best of his/her ability, but also be confident enough to ask their teammates for help when needed. A culture that helps employees build each other up is what leads to faster growth and targets being met with near-seamless ease!
Offer rewards and feedback regularly
An essential part of being a coach is being able to offer timely feedback that not just highlights where one has gone wrong, but also shows how mistakes can be rectified and avoided in the future. As a leader, you are a subject matter expert, and you must set out to help your employees grow into the same if you want to work with teams that work like a well-oiled machine. Do be careful not to over-criticise while offering feedback, especially to very green employees as instead of spurring them to work harder, you might end up crushing their spirit.
Ensure there are ample learning opportunities
Retaining top talent (and nurturing mid-level performers into high-performers) requires you to offer ample learning opportunities. Even if you cannot invest in e-learning tools at this stage in your company’s growth, you can still hold regular ‘masterclasses’ that provide your team with actionable tips directly related to their skillset.