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New Year – New Results

which wayIf you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. 
Tony Robbins 

Now that we are in 2013 what are you going to accomplish?  When you look back on this New Year will you be able to say you accomplished your goals or that you went beyond to reach your dreams?

There has been a lot of conversations about dreaming big, setting goals (or not) and how to translate those into action steps.  However, so many people set goals, create resolutions, dream big and yet they fall short of where they want to go.  That doesn’t mean they are bad people, they aren’t failures, they just didn’t have all the tools and support they needed to accomplish their goals.

Have you ever gotten help in reaching your goals?  If so you know that having a partner alongside you can help you find the right path, get over the obstacles and celebrate with you when you reach your goals.  A coach can be that person who is there to be that partner.  A majority of executives use coaches to help them become better business leaders.  Why not get a coach to help you build a better foundation for your career?  A performance coach can assist you in developing better skills in time management, project management, planning and interpersonal or supervisory skills.   Strengthening these skills will provide you with a solid foundation that will help you do more now and set the stage for achieving more in the future.

I want 2013 to be the best year ever, for me and for others.  One of my big dreams is to help others build their skill set so that they have the career they always dreamed of and have time for family and friends.  So in honor of reaching new heights I am offering a New Year – New Results special on my coaching packages.  Click here New Year – New Results to learn more. If you are interested, or know someone who would like a helping hand, please check out the offer and contact me.

Here’s to having the best year ever and making dreams come true!

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Quote for Nov 15th

Coaching helps you take stock of where you are now in all aspects of your life, and how that compares to where you would like to be.
Elaine MacDonald

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Leaders as Coach

As a leader one of your responsibilities is to get the best out of your team. There are several ways that you can get that done. One way is to set clear goals and hold people accountable to achieving them. The problem that will crop up sooner or later is that there are times when people aren’t meeting their goals, or their performance is suffering. How do you get them back on track?

A great way to help redirect someone is to provide coaching for them. As their leader you will need to put on a coaches hat and work with them. To make the most of this opportunity to help someone improve their performance you will need to step back from being their boss and the needed performance numbers. To really help someone grow through coaching you need to take the approach of being there to help them succeed. The goal is still to meet performance criteria, but by stepping back and coaching for improvement you can help the employee get there quicker.

To effectively coach the key is to focus on asking questions that trigger the person to think of new ways to get things done. A coach does not provide solutions; they create an environment where new solutions are discovered by the person being helped. When a person develops their own ideas on what to do differently they will own the solution and thus be more engaged in executing it. This increases buy-in and improves the likelihood of reaching the goals and sustaining performance.

Some questions to get the ball rolling in a coaching session are:

1. What is your understanding of the goals for your position?
2. What are some of the challenges you are encountering in reaching these goals?
3. How might you get around these obstacles?
4. What strengths do you bring to this position?
5. What tools or training would help you improve your performance?
6. How can I, or someone else, help you succeed?
7. What steps will you take in the next week to reach these goals?

There are many, many more questions that can be used to inspire new thoughts and trigger new solutions; these are just a few to get you started. Keep in mind that the questions are best when open ended and not judgmental. Assure the person that they are capable of reaching the goals and finding solutions to the issues. Remember there are no right or wrong answers to these questions as long as the person is taking responsibility for creating solutions to improve.

What have you done to help coach someone for improved performance?

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