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Are You Stuck in Solve Mode?

Training & Empowering Leaders


Here’s an example of becoming a leader coach:

“I used to spend too much time solving problems for my team members. I was in fire drill mode, frustrated from having the same conversations over and over again. Once I adopted a coaching mindset and applied coaching skills that all changed. I now empower team members, trust their potential, and I have been pleasantly surprised how much we have all improved. I have more time to think and to be strategic about our business.”

Many leaders find they are doing more of the work than they should and solving problems for their team members, causing greater reliance on the manager.  Once leaders learn how to be great coaches and are empowered to allow team members to solve problems themselves, they speed up execution and help their team members grow. According to Bersin & Assoc. research (Deloitte), when analyzing more than 20 talent management strategies, coaching came out number one as most highly correlated with impact.

Very few leaders, however, naturally know how to coach, so you need to inspire and teach them in a way that’s appealing and productive for them to apply the skills at work. 

Here are a few tips from Mindy, Certified Executive Coach, Registered Organization Development Consultant, Creative Problem Solving certified, on how to take learning to the next level:

  1. Reflect on the potential you see in each team member.
  2. Once clear on what strength they have, challenge yourself to ask powerful questions to have your team member “self discover” solutions.
  3. Focus on having the team member suggest next steps and how he/she will be accountable. Follow up. Make note of each time you get yourself out of “solve mode.” Celebrate!

And here are a few tips from Carylynn, Ph.D. (Organizational Psychology), Certified Coach (ICF PCC), and Certified Master Facilitator (INIFAC), on how to maximize the learning process:

  1. Create cohort experiences that create common language among leaders, and across levels of leadership. 
  2. Sync programs and experiences. Provide a lot of learning around one key leadership behavior. When that takes root, shift to the next behavior.

Leader as Great Coach

Churchill Leadership Group’s “Leader as Great Coach” program empowers leaders to be great coaches. Coaching is both a leadership and a life skill, meaning your leaders can leverage coaching capability in many areas to be more effective: with team members, peers, customers, the boss, and even at home. Click here to learn more.

  • Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.
  • One of the greatest things you can do to help others is not just to share and give what you have, but to help them discover what they have within themselves to help themselves. – Rita Zahara
  • The beauty of empowering others is that your own power is not diminished in the process. – Barbara Coloroso

Churchill Leadership Group delivers high impact strengths-accelerated solutions that build stronger soft skills resulting in greater leadership and team engagement, growth, and performance. 

Churchill Leadership Group. Level Up.