Monday, May 20, 2019

Expanding Your Group and Team Coaching Toolkit - Strengths (9)


Expanding Your Group and Team Coaching Toolkit - StrengthsIt’s week 9 of Expanding Your Group and Team Coaching Toolkit. This week we are going to explore one of my favorite areas to coach around – Strengths. 

Why are strengths important?
Gallup has undertaken decades of research on the topic of strengths and has found:
Individuals and teams that are able to lead more by strengths, are:
       6x more engaged
       3 x more likely to report having excellent quality of life
       8.9% greater profitability
       Teams which focus on strengths have 12.5% greater productivity
(Gallup Strengths Center)

As teams we work collectively and understanding our strengths can make a big difference in terms of communication, triggers, stress, prioritization and flow. As team coaches you may be working with a blend of individual and team strengths.

Questions around strengths : Teams
1.       What do you notice about your strengths collectively?
2.       What strengths can you rely on?
3.       What do you notice about roles in the team and strengths?
4.       What strengths are missing across the team?
5.       What is the blindspot created by over-relying on your strength?
6.       What strengths do you need to collaborate with, or bring in?

As group coaches the primary focus will likely be on individual strengths and how people are capitalzing on these in their own worlds. There may, or may not, be any intersect between individual group members in between the sessions.  
Looking to your own self around strengths consider these questions I posed here at the blog in 2012:
As you consider your strengths ask yourself:
1.       How are you using your strengths on a regular basis?
2.
       Which ones are not being used?
3.
       Which ones are being overused, and may be creating a blind-spot?
4.
       Which, if any, were you surprised to see?
5.
       Which one would you like to place some focus around and use more in your work or life in the next month or quarter? What changes would this entail?

For more on this topic check out StengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath, Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie, or Go, Put Your Strengths to Work by Marcus Buckingham. If you prefer to work around Signature Strengths with the VIA Character Strengths Survey Check out The Power of Character Strengths: Appreciate and Ignite Your Positive Personality by Drs. Ryan Niemiec and Robert McGrath

Enjoy the conversation,
Jennifer


Jennifer Britton, CPCC, PCC – Potentials Realized 
Leadership | Teamwork | Business Success
Author of Effective Virtual Conversations (2017), Coaching Business Builder Workbook and Planner (2018) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013)
Follow along with the #90DaysPlanDoTrack series over at Instagram @CoachingBizBuilder 
Join the conversation at the Conversation Sparker Zone - our online community where you can explore virtual and team issues, coaching, productivity and business development)

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Expanding Your Group and Team Coaching Toolkit – Habits (8)


Habits are the things we do repeatedly. As coaches these are elements that are often “under the
Expanding Your Group and Team Coaching Toolkit – # 8 - Habits
waterline” and may be done subconsciously, without a lot of thought. Under times of pressure or stress, this is where we go to naturally. 

Exploring the topic of habits with clients can be a rich area of insight and exploration. 

 Research has shown that habits do take more than the 21 days we used to think they needed to create. 
The most recent research points to an average of:

Some of the habits we may coach around include:
Taking daily action around marketing, weight loss, reading, organizing etc.
Getting up at a certain time of day or ensuring that we log off by a certain time of day
Modifying activities
Getting into a practice of writing or posting on social media
What are the habit areas which you might coach your clients around?

Coaching Tools Around Habits:
There are several ways we may coach around habits
Back to the analogy of the Iceberg which I include in my books – Coaching Business Builder and Plan Do Track – habits are below the waterline
We might also have people note or track their activities to notice the patterns of behavior. Note the photo in the graphic here  - this is one of the Monthly Daily Trackers from the Coaching Business Builder and Plan Do Track. Whether we are tracking revenue in or when we post, data can be invaluable in pointing to patterns and habits.
Habits usually include some work around mindset as well as behaviors. What are the tools you have at your disposal to coach around mindset? What are the mindsets that are helping others around consistent action?

Six Questions around habits :
1   Thinking about HABITS:
       What are the areas you want to build more automatic behaviors around?
2.       What habits are you leaning into right now to get success?
3.       What habits are hindering you?
4.       What one thing would you like to do consistently?
5.       How can habits help you get the results you want?
6.       What mindsets are feeding into your most important habits in business right now? (Consider one thing you do consistently. What are the beliefs and mindsets behind this)?

Resources:
Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of our Daily Lives - Gretchen Rubin
The Coaching Habit – Michael Bungay Stanier
The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
Smarter, Faster, Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity- Charles Duhigg
 Wellcoaches School – Habits – This looks like an interesting on-demand program around habits. Check it out here.

Enjoy your conversations,
Jennifer


Jennifer Britton, CPCC, PCC – Potentials Realized 
Leadership | Teamwork | Business Success
Author of Effective Virtual Conversations (2017), Coaching Business Builder Workbook and Planner (2018) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013)
Follow along with the #90DaysPlanDoTrack series over at Instagram @CoachingBizBuilder 
Join the conversation at the Conversation Sparker Zone - our online community where you can explore virtual and team issues, coaching, productivity and business development)