Coaching is a very focused process and a highly effective one, in certain situations. Not all circumstances lend themselves to coaching. Therefore, it’s important to first discuss under what conditions is coaching most advantageous and to present a clear definition of the coaching process. Lets start with the latter first.
By most standards, one-on-one coaching is a relatively open interaction between the client and the coach with the client leading and the coach following. Under these circumstances the coach is not directive and not even specific. The client is understood to posess the answers to their situation, it’s just that they need someone to help them clarify what they already know to do.
That’s not what I do when I coach.
I arrive at the coaching process with 30 years of engineering, scientific, management, and business experience. I know how to navigate many of the obstacles you are now facing and may be facing. For me to withhold that knowledge, that experience, that information and advice, would be a crime. My goal in the coaching process is to be as directive and informative as is useful to you to help you move forward. Anything less and I would not be providing you with the service you hired me to give.
Therefore, the coaching process as I see it, is one in which we work together with me as your mentor, guide, coach, and experienced advisor. Let me give you an example. I’m currently coaching a woman whom I have coached on an off for a couple of years. She has advanced from the position of an engineer to manager of her own department… in two years. She has often said to me, “I told you what I wanted to accomplish and you told me who I needed to talk to in my organization and what I needed to say and what they would most likely say back to me and what I needed to say in return, etc. and it all came to pass, just as you said. It was so much easier and better than a trial and error approach that would have cost me my ability to work smoothly with different people.”
There are two ways to get experience. One way is through trial and error. The second is with the help of a mentor and coach. Which way makes the most sense to you?
There are three different times when you might want coaching and mentoring and they are:
1. When you are in a crisis and you need help now!
2. When you know where you want to get to and you just don’t know the best or fastest way to get there, such as advancing your career.
3. When you are not satisfied with where you are and you really don’t know where you’d rather be. You don’t have a sense of your future and you want to develop a future goal.
Because there are certain coaching and mentoring subjects that consistently come up, I’ve listed them below as a reminder of what many of your colleagues have requested.
Coaching Module #1.
Effective Communication Skills For Engineers: Whether you are an entry level engineer or a senior scientists, it’s a sure bet that college didn’t teach you how to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people. As engineering and science students, most if not all of our time was devoted to fullfilling our technical requirements for graduation. Who had time for a class on “human communication” or “organizational influence in the workplace”. This coaching module fills that gap. It will teach you how to effectively communicate with anyone in any situation, guaranteed!
Coaching Module #2.
Art and Skill of Delegation: Delegation is clearly a requirement of successful management. And yet, delegation seems like a difficult balancing act; who to delegate to and how much to monitor and how much to trust. This coaching module will clear all these questions up and give you guidelines for successful delegation.
Coaching Module #3.
How To Be A Top Technical Performer: Managers from a wide variety of technical organizations have been surveyed to determine what characteristics they look for in the technical people they promote. This coaching module trains you and teaches you how to adopt those behaviors. Be the top performer in your organization. Be the technical professional that managers rave about and want to promote!
Coaching Module #4.
Managing Your Boss: Most of us think that just doing our job well is enough to get ahead. Don’t be fooled. It’s not. You must also manage your boss and that means understanding what your boss wants beyond just the completion of your task. It might include constant communication of the task status. It may include not being surprised by problems. It may include being able to take credit for something that you did (yes, it’s not always fair). Whatever the operational quirks of your boss, if your can’t manage them, you are at a disadvantage. This coaching module will help you asses the unique characteristics of your boss and teach you how to effectively manage upward in your organization. This is a requirement for all those who want to advance.
Coaching Module #5.
How To Avoide Micro-Management: I am constantly asked about micro-management. It seems like everyone is trying to avoid being a micro-manager and yet many managers end up being a micro-manager in order to ensure that projects get done. This is not a necessary situation. There is no reason you have to be a micro-manager in order to get direct reports to successfully complete their projects. This coaching module will teach you how to avoid the pitfalls of micro-management and still get your projects completed on time and in budget.
Coaching Module #6.
Six Functions of the Successful Manager and Leader: What makes a manager a good manager and what makes a leader a good leader? This coaching module will teach you what you must consistently do to be a successful manager or a successful leader. This module includes a guestionnaire that will show you what current management and leadership traits you have and what traits you will want to add in order to be successful.
Coaching Module #7.
Contextual Definition Leads to the Most Effective Management: Are you stuck in one management style? Can you vary your management style depending upon the situation? In order to be a truly effective manager in this global environment where people from all over the world are working together, you need to be able to manage to meet the situation. You can’t afford to be stuck in one management style. This coaching module will teach you “Contextual Management”, that is, how to select a management style that is best suited to a specific situation. This module will train you to manage any situation successfully.
Coaching Module #8.
Avoid the 10 Pitfalls and Acquire the 12 Actions That Lead to Technical Management: This coaching module is designed to help the technical professional move beyond the technical world and into the management world. There are 10 Behavioral Pitfalls that nearly every technical professional commits some time during their career. These behaviors are strenghts in the technical professional world and Pitfalls in the management world. They must be modified. And they must be turned into the 12 Behavioral Actions that lead to successful technical management. This coaching module is designed to do just that. If you want to move from technologist to manager, this module is for you.
Customized Personal Coaching Program:
Coaching modules can be developed specifically targeted to subjects of interest to the client. Call for a free consultation to determine which coaching module is right for you at this time or if a customized module is best.
What To Do Next
Coaching is a powerful process to move your career forward… or maybe to make your career. To know for sure, call for a free, no obligation, half-hour evaluation consultation. We’ll talk. You can ask me questions; I’ll ask you some questions about what you want, what your career has been like up until now, things like that. I can evaluate if I think I can help you and you can evaluate if you want me to help you. Neither of us has to make a decision during the phone call, and at least you’ll know if it’s a fit or not. Call +1-925-735-9500. (For non-local, tele-coaching, we can now use Skype as well.)