Research has shown that when managers coach their employees, they get the best out of them. What is it that coaching offers that other management strategies do not?
- Coaching demonstrates that managers listen to and value their employees’ perspectives, which builds trust and loyalty.
- Coaching demonstrates that managers have confidence in their employees’ ability to work through challenges themselves.
- Coaching builds employees’ capacity to make their own decisions and when they do so they have greater ownership and commitment to their actions.
- Coaching helps employees develop and grow their skills and confidence.
Not only does coaching result in skilled, confident and loyal employees, this has a flow on positive impact on customers and the business as a whole.
While effective coaching may take some initial investment (in training managers to coach) and some ongoing investment (in the time taken to coach employees), the benefits of this investment are worthwhile and lasting.
I’m excited to announce the release of The Story Cookbook, which includes quite a few of my ‘recipes’!
Stories and storytelling represent powerful creative processes for communication and change across personal, organisational and community contexts. With over 80 activities collected from contributors around the world, The Story Cookbook is one of the most comprehensive collections of story-based activities currently available. The book, organised by menu courses, provides the reader with a treasure trove of activities ranging from elegant relationship-building story techniques to more complex story processes such as quantum storytelling, genre bending and provenance. Designed in an easy-to-follow format, the smorgasbord of storytelling ideas that fill this book provide rich pickings to apply and adapt for all sorts of situations. This enticing resource is a must-read for consultants, facilitators, educators, change makers and leaders interested in working with story and narrative techniques for positive change in individuals, organisations and communities.
We are excited to announce that in 2019 our suite of online training courses will officially launch! We have training for everyone – individuals wanting to live a more peaceful life at home or at work, managers who have to deal with employees in conflict, and professionals who want to add conflict management coaching to their toolkit.
Keep an eye out for the official launch announcement later this year!