Why do we need ‘Manager as Coach?’

An opinion poll conducted by Gallup has found that 87% of employees worldwide are unmotivated, disengaged and under-performing.

In contrast, a highly engaged workforce is said to outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share. The economic repercussions of having employees who do not feel committed to supporting a company’s goals are staggering.

Employee engagement – or rather the lack of – remains a key issue for employers. Nurturing your employees is a professional obligation, and not just for financial reasons.

Forbes published an article entitled ‘Four Key HR Trends To Watch In 2018′. It highlights an expected shift of focus from ‘employee engagement’ to ‘employee experience’ encompassing employee engagement, culture and performance management.

Creating a positive employee experience goes beyond focusing efforts on keeping employees engaged.

In this context, coaching is an effective leadership tool. It enables managers to cultivate their people’s abilities by demonstrating a genuine interest, understanding their aspirations, strengths and development needs, and through empowering them to find their own solutions. It can also be used to create meaningful feedback and development plans for your people thus enhancing that all important employee experience.

The Manager as Coach Workshop

It is under this background, that we have launched the Manager as Coach Workshop which benefits greatly from decades of experience by its trainers as business leaders, executive coaches and mentors.

The Manager as Coach workshop will provide you with the necessary theoretical background and practical tools to become a coaching manager. When other possible approaches have failed, a coaching manager can help with clearing blockages.

This one-day workshop is designed to help you evaluate and develop your coaching skills. It also introduces methods to design and implement coaching strategies for your people. Being able to pull and adapt the essential coaching skills of listening, asking effective questions, and providing appropriate feedback from your managerial toolkit, makes it an essential part of creating that all important positive employee experience.

Coaching doesn’t have to take a great deal of your time. If you invest five per cent of your energy and focus on coaching your people, you will yield healthy returns.

The workshop will help all managers, but particularly line managers, to understand the benefits of coaching, how it can enhance your leadership skills, and how it can be applied effectively in the workplace. It provides the opportunity to learn essential coaching skills and practice them in a safe learning environment. It offers an introduction to practical coaching tools, resources and practical tips.

Helping others to be more successful is one of the key roles of a manager. This notion lies at the very heart of coaching and has to be the biggest reward for any manager.

Coaching is an activity that enhances overall organisational performance by helping your people identify, understand, and leverage their strengths to achieve results. It equips people with the tools, knowledge and opportunities they need to develop themselves, become more effective, and contribute fully to the success of the organisation. This can only enhance the employee experience, improve employee engagement, and make you a better manager.

Would you like more information on how to become a coaching manager? Please contact Sabine Robinson at sabine.robinson@predictive-advantage.com or visit the Manager as Coach page on our website: