"PM COACH" PROGRAM
Project manager as a coach for his/her team
The most important management competence that distinguishes highly effective managers is ability to support your team.
Have a strong experience creating a supportive relationship with your employees.
Help them to achieve more.
Manage personal development of your team.
11 coaching competencies that will become an indispensable contribution to the development of you as a leader, your subordinates as talented and creative employees of the company.
The art of coaching conversation. How can that be?
Active listening. Remember how it is when you are trying to convey something important to a person whose thoughts are involved in different matters. Compare this experience with another one when your interlocutor is fully focused on you and actively listens to what you can say with an open mind and an open heart. You can start a coaching conversation with a member of your team with the question: "What do you really want to achieve this month?".
Your choice of words is less important than your desire to listen with full understanding and create a quality connection that will allow a team member to open up and think creatively, with confidence that his answers are really interesting and important to you.
Ask open questions, not say what to do. As a manager, you have a high level of knowledge that you are used to share, often in a prescriptive format. This is great when you specify actions for a project you are leading or when people come to you for advice. But in a coaching conversation it is extremely important to restrain your impulse to tell you team member what and how to do things and give ready answers. Your experience, your decisions, are not your employee's decisions. Open-ended questions, not answers, are coaching tools.
As a coach for your subordinates, you help your team members formulate their goals and objectives and find their own solutions. That is how they will be able to clarify for themselves their priorities and develop new strategies that will not only save company's money, but will also resonate with what they like best and what they will seek to do with pleasure.