Coaching my staff is the hardest thing I have to do in my business. And I say “have to do” because I truly see it as a keystone managerial task.
Coaching is the hardest part of my job because it can be incredibly time consuming.
It is the one task that tries my patience.
It is the task that forces me to realize that as a manager, I have accepted the obligation to teach.
One of the things I like to do in the coaching process is to teach my staff members to think about the goal of each project before they begin. I ask them what needs to be achieved. Beginning with the end in mind, or thinking backwards as I like to think of it, has so many benefits for all, my company included.
Beginning with the end in mind, forces the employee and the team to focus.
It creates the space and a template to organize the project, with each step having a specific purpose designed to meet the end result.
It provides the anchor so that when projects begin to veer off course, they can quickly be brought back on track.
It provides a basis for evaluating the success or failure of each project.
Let me wrap up this posting by suggesting that the next time you have a project to be managed, begin with the end in mind as you coach your team to success.
How do you coach your staff when it comes to project management?
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