A Seven-Point Coaching Program
Have you ever been a coach to a neighborhood team?
I understand how you feel. My first experience as a coach was with a team of seven-year-old soccer kids. They really tested my patience and challenged my sanity as they ran around kicking the ball like ants going after a huge white crumb!
It feels strange at first, having a bunch of kids staring at me waiting for instructions? What is the deal about coaching?
Being a coach in the corporate world is similar to being a coach in the field of sports. Some players are MVP material and some of them support the MVP's. It sounds ironic when they say there is no “I” in team.
Here are some tips that can make you a better coach:
1) These days, there is a lot of talk these days about Corporate Team Building. There are many options: vacation packages, rope courses, on-going office games, ice-breakers, etc. Management can also purchase videos, books, and seminar packages to assist them in its team building efforts.
2) The truth about motivation is waiting to be discovered! Don't settle for mind-numbing garbage. Begin to look forward to your alarm clock sounding off each morning before you huddle with the team.
3) Experience is a better teacher compared to classroom training. An effective coach knows how to stir the energetic side of one individual and build up a synergy within an entire team.
4) Question a person by his or her performance but never question his or her knowledge or intelligence. Sadly, I have seen mistakes from past coaches who never seem to understand what a player has to go through to get the job right. Wrong method of coaching will lead to deterioration of performance and maybe even hostility.
If you want the job done right, then put yourself into the other person’s shoes or do it yourself. You will see how it is to be at the receiving end and it will help you set a better course for improvement.
5) Sending a player to the bench is probably the worst experience a coach has to go through, especially if this player is the top performer. An egoistic performer tends to lose focus when he commits the smallest mistake. Be firm but understanding in handling this situation.
6) Keep your focus. Do not be blinded by what you are supposed to do. Coaches are human too. Some have the tendency to think that they are more superior, but in reality, they are superior only by rank. They can still learn something from everyone.
7) Learn to trust yourself and your team. Making decisions and evaluating performance are primarily part of your function. Part of your task is to determine who among the team members can perform the task more efficiently.
So, before you think about sending one member to the bench, have a good chat with him and see if he has any problems. If it's personal, just encourage him to do his best. It also helps to give him a good and encouraging slap on the back.
A coach is an integral part of a successful team or organization. As a coach, you will serve as the guide to help teammates perform more efficiently.