Do You Help Your Employees Think?
It’s so tempting to tell another person what to do. It creates within us a false sense of power when we know the answers. Yet in managing employees, you are actually paying another person to know what to do. If you want them to do their job well, then manage them with the right questions and not just providing the answers.
“Managing People: Cracking the Iceberg” by B Stoltz on Ariad Partners. The title isn’t clear about what pearls of wisdom are offered in the article.
If we want people to think better, and improve managing people, we must essentially let them do all the thinking. One way to do this is to have coaching conversations with our people. Instead of telling them what they should be doing, ask them a series of questions that stimulate their thinking and provoke them to come up with their own solutions.
Coaching is a great tool to help you manage your employees, and is respectful to both you and each person on your team.
Yes, coaching does take longer to process with each employee,
yet this short term investment will bring long term results
and make it easier for your team to perform.