Manager as Coach (part 5 of 5)
This is the last part of a 5 part series on the the skills of a coaching style Manger
- Good listening skills – Part 1
- Good questioning skills – Part 2
- Ability to provide effective feedback – Part 3
- Ability to set goals – Part 4
- Ability to create action plans and see them through – Part 5 (this post)
Part 5 – Creating Action Plans:
So now your goal is SMART (see part 4), where do we go from here?
1. A goal gets you from HERE to THERE. Imagine the THERE – picture it
2. Decide what you want to BE, DO, and HAVE with relation to your goal
3. Ask yourself WHY you set that particular goal:
– Ask yourself what you will gain from achieving this goal – make an extensive list (when you think you are finished, list 5 more)
– Ask yourself what you will lose by not achieving this goal – again make a list (stretch your imagination again on this one)
4. Internal motivation is the only lasting motivation – ensure this goal motivates you. Ask yourself if this goal is in tune with your reality, your visions, your values and your belief system, as well as the organisation’s needs.
5. TEST your goal – does it stretch you – will you grow as a consequence? Your answer here should be YES, if not refer back to point 4.
6. Stick to your goal and don’t change it, unless altering a portion of the goal will improve the outcome for you. Changing can be a consequence of distraction or procrastination, both detrimental to achieving goals.
7. Give your goal time to grow, be patient with it, become it’s friend and advocator. Watch out for shortcuts and shortfalls.
8. Plan your actions – probably the toughest part of goal setting – is acting. ACT now!!! Don’t bother waiting for the perfect time or conditions, because they will never arrive. (Believe me, I’ve been there many times, I am sure you have also!) Waiting for the perfect time is the perfect excuse for doing nothing!
Do you feel good Action Planning is an important skill for a Manager to hone? Do you think most Managers would posess these skills naturally?
Have you any tips to make action planning easier??? (we all want easier)