It is important to get clear on the benefits you will get from applying some new tools or learning – so that when it gets hard back in the ‘real world’ you will have something to remind you why it’s important to make the time to apply the new approach.
Many of us have a tendency to be very critical of our own performance and to set higher standards for ourselves than we would ever expect from colleagues or team members. This can lead to a feeling that we are not performing to a high enough standard.
There are strategies that can be followed to reduce the impact of this type of thinking.
Educating both parties about the purpose and process involved in the use of a new skill or practice will increase the likelihood of its success. The leader who is using the new skill will have more confidence through knowing that their team members understand what they are looking to do, and are clear on their role in the process and therefore less likely to resist its introduction.
A reminder of the benefits that can come from a professional coaching intervention.
It takes effort to make time for coaching. However the benefits more than justify the investment in time and energy. Here is a reminder of what you gain as a leader if you make time to coach your people and encourage them to come up with their own solutions.