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7 Expert tips for applying coaching skills

Valuable insights tips for applying coaching skills at work from Tamsin Langrishe, Global Coaching and Transformation Manager at Performance Consultants

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Opportunities to Apply Newly Learned Mindset & Skills


Even with a daily reminder, it is easy to miss opportunities to apply a newly learned mindset and skills. In fact, “learning transfer” has been a tricky topic in corporate education for many years.


At Performance Consultants we have been addressing the challenge of applying coaching skills at work ever since Sir John Whitmore founded the company and developed the Coaching for Performance program. So, what have we learned from the classroom about transferring a coaching mindset and skills to the workplace?


When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower


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Below are 7 Inspiring and Practical Actions Towards Applying your Coaching Skills

  • 1. Connect to your inspiring goal

    Without personal accountability and self-motivation, it is hard to stay committed to apply what you have learned.


    Get really clear on how a coaching leadership style will move you closer to the future you want to create. Put a reminder near your desk of your vision and what you want to achieve. When you see it each morning set your intention for the day.


    What is the best that could possibly happen if you applied your coaching mindset and skills to all your meetings?


  • 2. Build a support network

    If you leave one of our workshops and return to an environment where the culture does not support a coaching style, it can feel odd at first to apply your new skills.


    Identify a buddy from your training group, an influential person in your workplace and others who you can share your successes and challenges with and who will hold you accountable for change.


  • 3. Use the GROW model

    It is simple, effective and versatile. The GROW model is a goal-setting and problem-solving framework which is leveraged by industry-leading businesses globally.

    Even at the most basic level, following the GROW model and asking powerful questions and actively listening will make a big difference to your impact as a leader.

    You can find out more about how to use this framework with GROW Digital™.

  • 4. Educate those around you

    If you go back to your organization and start behaving very differently – which you will if you are applying a coaching leadership style – your peers and reports might wonder why you are not acting “normally”.


    It is important to explain your change and what you are trying to achieve. Sharing your goal will inspire and encourage others to support you and hold you accountable.


  • 5. Trust in the long-term benefits

    One of the biggest challenges for managers using coaching for the first time, is to overcome the assumption that it is time-consuming.


    Perhaps that is the case at first but the more that individuals and teams are empowered, the greater their capability and confidence grows. This unlocking of potential will leave you with the headspace to do what leaders do best – planning, strategy and vision.


  • 6. Maintain a beginner’s mindset

    When you are new to something, you accept failure and this is core to the learning process.


    Someone who is inexperienced but who knows enough to recognize their mistakes can become frustrated with themselves. Remember the importance of an open mind and that there’s no such thing as perfection in coaching. We all have things to learn even those who have been coaching for 20 years!


  • 7. Refresh learning where possible

    I have been on the Level 1 Coaching for Performance programme more than once. In fact, employees at Performance Consultants are actively encouraged to attend multiple times. The reason for this is that every time I gain a new insight or become aware of something else about my coaching style. A refresh or reset is advisable to embed mindsets and skills over the long term.


    I hope these tips and reflections on applying coaching skills at work are useful. We would love to hear from you on our social media channels if you have anything to add on how to apply coaching in the workplace. We are all on a learning journey after all!

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