To Manage or To CoachAs you are taking over a Manager position you may enjoy these two short thoughts on coaching. We hope you find words of wisdom in the writings, and, that you find them motivating.
To Manage or To Coach?
by Byron and Catherine Pulsifer, © 2004
Allow people to manage
If you coach people,
people will manage the work.
By attempting to manage people
you are limiting their potential.
A manager is a title,
it does not guarantee success.
Coaching is an action,
not a title and
actions result in successes!
To Be a C O A C H ...
By Catherine Pulsifer, © 2004
C haracter - to be a coach requires strong character to show leadership
O ptimism - to be a coach requires optimism
A ction - to be a coach requires the ability to take action
C ompassion - to be a coach requires the ability to show compassion
H uman - to be a coach is to also remember you are human
A lot has been written about managing and coaching over the years and some of this information has come from former managers who really understand the difference between being a manager and a coach. Since I have been a manager for many years in the past, I have often observed many different styles. But, the most effective style was the one that started with respect for each individual, who treated each individual as unique in what they needed to do their job effectively, or to excel so that they could gain the experience needed to be considered for promotion.
Not every person is suited to be a coach even though they may have been a great employee before with abundant skills and knowledge. The real difference is the set of people skills one possesses, and the additional people skills that they continue to develop as they move along through their different assignments.
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