Have can coaching be quick yet effective?
Coaching is a powerful tool. Try this Quick Coaching technique to give your coachee something to consider, but only giving up 3 minutes of your time!
Tell your coachee that you will occasionally send them an email with the subject ‘Quick Coaching’. The email is intended to make them think around a particular issue individually.
Explain that the email shouldn’t need a response and that they only need to talk about the question with you if they really feel that this is going to be of value.
The Method: The coach
- Minute One: Consider what is going on for your coachee at this time.
- Minute Two: Think about 3 questions which might guide them into thinking around the issue or event for themselves.
- Minute Three: Choose one question which you feel will generate interesting thought for your coachee. Email this question to your coachee.
The Method: The Coachee
- Minute One: See the subject ‘Quick coaching’ and decide whether you can spare three minutes now or not.
- Minute Two: Open the email and read the question. Jot down 3 possible responses.
- Minute Three: Choose one response and decide an action or strategy you will use to help you solve the problem.
Why is it a good strategy?
Coaching has multiple benefits. Sometimes, all it takes is a quick question to get the thinking processes going that could really improve practice.
Only send up to three of these a term. These Quick Coaching emails are great, but the last thing you want to do is overload staff, filling up their inbox or mind with additional pressures.