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Year after year, fully 85% to 87% of The Workplace Coach clients succeed in meeting their coaching and training goals. But we’ve been wondering how to break the 90% mark. After beta testing several learning analytics tools, we think Sprezie may be the answer.
Sprezie is a semi-automated learning analytics system that uses short phone calls, texts, flash mentoring and mini-surveys to support and encourage trainees and coaching clients as they put new skills to use in between sessions, while also tracking their progress.
How The Tool Works
With Sprezie, trainees and coaching clients target specific goals from their coaching and/or training programs, identify potential mentors and set a call and/or text schedule with Sprezie. Sprezie then reaches out to potential mentors and helps them record messages to the participant.
Participants then receive calls and texts that:
Ask about their focus, effort and progress towards stated goals,
Deliver recorded messages from coworkers, friends, family and other mentors.
The calls and texts help participants stay focused on goals such as delegating more or ramping up strategic planning, while messages from mentors add motivation. These are supplemented by quick two-question mini-surveys that allow others to provide additional feedback.
Ongoing data collection is effortless, giving both client and coach evidence of progress and goal attainment.
Fully 97% of senior leader and executive clients of The Workplace Coach who have used Sprezie report that the system keeps them focused on their goals between sessions, while helping them to feel more supported. Initial numbers also show improved results, affirming the adage that “what gets measured, gets done!”
In 2019, The Workplace Coach will offer this smartphone-based learning aid to all of our corporate coaching and training clients as we continue to support our partners and clients in achieving leadership and organizational excellence. Contact us for more information about this exciting technology and all of our coaching, training and assessment programs.
Over the past 6 months, The Workplace Coach collected data from 109 business leaders about their leadership issues and concerns. To keep you on track for a successful 2018, we’ve put the survey results together with our targeted coaching advice in each area. In the first of four posts, we look at the areas leaders feel they most need to improve.
FOSTERING A SENSE OF SHARED RESPONSIBILITY
What leadership competencies do business leaders most want to improve? The largest share of our survey respondents (26.7%) said that promoting a sense of responsibility and ownership across the organization was the skill they most needed to improve.
As leaders, we love it when an employee goes above and beyond the call of duty. That kind of initiative and sense of responsibility show that someone truly owns his or her work. Ultimately, it comes down to accountability, and research tells us that when the work environment is designed for accountability, it flourishes.
How can you build an environment where employees share a sense of responsibility and ownership? Begin by empowering your employees. Make it clear to them that they have both the obligation and the authority to improve work processes. Then back it up by making sure they have the resources, knowledge and help they need to be confident in their skills and their decisions.
An organization-wide commitment to improvement also is key, as are ongoing evaluations at both the team and the individual level.
Where else do leaders see room for improvement in their own leadership capabilities? In our survey, three areas emerged as the second-most pressing concerns of leaders — mentoring others, effective delegation and accurately interpreting the competitive environment. It is hardly coincidental that two of these – mentoring others and effective delegation – are both directly linked to the ability to promote shared responsibility.
According to INC Magazine (Jan, 2018), a staggering 93% of managers feel they need trainingon how to coach their employees. While, giving advice, mentoring, and delivering feedback are all routine aspects to management, they need direct reports to take responsibility for solving problems, taking action, and managing their own careers. If a manager acts as a good coach, they not only take the pressure off of themselves to provide all the answers, avoid constant back and forth, they also empower their team to set and achieve their own goals – those that matter most to them.
Research also shows that coaching is one of the most effective tools available to take leadership development to a deeper and more sustainable level – whether focused on the individual, workgroups, teams, or the entire organization. In short, Coaching IS effective leadership.
At The Workplace Coach, we can help! Our Certified Leader Coach® program (CLC) is designed to equip leaders to become more effective and confident, someone that people want to follow. CLC will teach leaders valuable “leader-as-coach” skills necessary to create the kind of innovative culture that strengthens organizations and allows for effective people development, succession planning and sustainable success.
Completing our CLC program will reinforce team leadership ability and strengthen your business management toolkit, while you build confidence as a high-performing contributor to your organization. The CLC program provides participants with a unique process utilizing a combined organizational development and coaching psychology methodology. Through this leadership development program, you will be equipped to build an environment of growth and profitability. Specifically, CLC certification:
Enhances management and leadership skills and knowledge
Verifies a level of management expertise and leadership potential
Distinguishes managers by demonstrating professional initiative and achievement
Offers a competitive edge for career advancement, and
Demonstrates an organization’s commitment to quality management
What is CLC certification?
CLC is a credential for managers and organizational leaders offered by the Workplace Coach. The designation has been filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office and can only be used by individuals who complete our designation program. It is a broad-based program that addresses 5 areas of management expertise as defined by our Leader-As-Coach® Competency Model.
Who can apply for the CLC?
Professionals, managers and organizational leaders with a minimum of 3 years’ experience may apply. It is not a designation designed for professional coaches.
What is included in this program?
An initial consultation with a credentialed coach
6-Weekly 90-minute Webinars
A workbook detailing ICF core coaching competencies
A complimentary VIA assessment
Access to our Leader-As-Coach eLearning Modules
Plus, optional CLC certification written and oral exams
Our accelerated program is sponsored by First Sun EAP and costs only $1899.00. Be sure to ask about group discounts. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email and payment link. Once payment is received, you’ll be contacted to schedule your initial coaching consultation.
Research has found that for business leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals in midlife, executive coaching grounded in the tenets of positive psychology yields powerful results.
Positive psychology is the study of the strengths, traits, emotions and values that foster optimal functioning and wellbeing. The field has generated many research-based tools that individuals can apply to their work and personal lives to experience greater fulfillment and success.
Here are five tips from positive psychology that you can put to use today.
Reboot your attitude. Make it a habit to look for the good in life. At bedtime write down 3-5 things that went well in your work or personal life that day. This helps interrupt negativity and fear-based thinking. At work, rather than being a critic, reinforce the positive, both in yourself and others, and be compassionate when you or someone else falls short. The message here is “choose optimism.” Actively choosing optimism builds resilience and promotes a sense of well-being.
Reframe your perspective. Imagine yourself at 90 years old. What would your older self tell your younger self about what matters most in life? Which of your present-day worries would your 90-year-old self tell you to disregard, because they simply are not worth your time and effort? Use this information and clarity to refocus your priorities at work and in other parts of your life.
Play to your strengths.Rather than habitually focusing on your weaknesses and areas that need fixing, take time to identify what you do well. Perhaps in your profession your strong analytic capabilities are a plus. Maybe you’re good at finding solutions or providing calm leadership when things get turbulent. Notice the times when your unique talents and skills make a positive impact, then begin leveraging these strengths more intentionally. This will empower you to be more confident and productive.
Savor experiences that give you joy. Become aware of the types of experiences that make you happy. Thismight be your work, spending time with your children, being in nature, walking on the beach with a friend – anything that brings a smile to your face just thinking about it. Call on these activities or the memory of them to boost positive emotions when you need them. Similarly, at work focus on past successes to help you connect to the rewards of current projects and tasks.
Combine pleasure and meaning. Pay attention to your choices and how they make you feel. Notice how some choices provide instant gratification but leave you feeling unsatisfied afterwards (much like eating a candy bar), while other choices are both immediately satisfying and give sustained pleasure (like eating a tasty snack that is also nutritious). What gives you both pleasure and a sense of purpose or meaning? At work, what types of projects leave you feeling fulfilled? Look for opportunities to do more of those things that are both pleasurable and meaningful.
As a Career Management Expert and Coach with over 20 years of experience working in the field of career, professional and personal development, Donna’s passion is helping people become more successful, resilient, and self-actualized through the development of their talent, skills, and abilities. She helps clients gain clarity about their career direction, and then guides them to take actionable steps to achieve their goals. This process may include assessments, a fresh resume, or a strategic job search plan that positions her clients above their competitors.
Having helped hundreds of executives, senior leaders, managers and college students effectively navigate career transitions, Donna is keenly aware of what it takes to create and transform a career path. She partners with her clients to examine obstacles and motivators for change while paying special attention to environmental, personal factors and other powerful influencers.
Additionally, Donna is passionate about partnering with other professionals, entrepreneurs and small business owners to help them successfully plan, launch and grow their businesses. As a creative collaborator, she also excels at holding professionals accountable to business development actions, which provides fast-forward motion toward success. This is why small business owners are 70% less likely to fail when partnering with a coach.
This year, Donna is providing a monthly free webinar series called “Ask A Career Coach.” Together, these sessions are designed to help participants create a career map that drives them forward as they move up the ladder and search for new jobs. The links for registration are at http://www.theworkplacecoach.com/upgrading-career-2018-can-help/
If you need a hand accelerating your path to success or creating an “encore-life” with purpose, passion and a paycheck, contact Donna to schedule a complimentary collaborative conversation. There you will discuss your aspirations and how coaching may accelerate the process.