Coaching Reflection Paper

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Reflections on Management and Coaching Coaching for a manager is enlightening and extremely productive. Whether you have received an education in management or just learned through trial and error, taking the next step in your career is completely achievable through coaching. Since managing people is not “black and white,” coaching will help you find the balance in the grey areas and bring awareness to you that accountability is your friend. This blog is not meant as an advertisement for coaching, though I definitely endorse it. This blog post is meant to offer other managers some of the tools and practices I learned through coaching with the intention of giving you coaching benefits without necessarily hiring a coach yourself. Set your…show more content…
For example, what do you do, physically, when you are listening to someone speak? I learned that I physically cross the fingers on both hands and prop them under my chin. I realized that this “tool” keeps me from talking and helps me focus on listening. It was very enlightening to now be aware of that physical act. I do it when I really need to listen to an…show more content…
My coach assisted me in finding a new tool. I found an imaginary “pause” button on the roof of my mouth. Now I push that button with my tongue to remind myself to continue listening and learning. When the speaker is finished, I continue holding the pause button, reminding myself to “think” before I speak. This helps me to develop the next curious question I will need to obtain additional information from the speaker. Only then, after obtaining every ounce of information, can I make the best decision on any issue. Coaching taught me understanding. Understanding is not the same as agreeing. Understanding is knowing why an employee views situations differently than I view them. Since we all have traveled a different and unique road in life, understanding is the description of someone else’s road. As a manager, understanding will answer many “why” questions that you ask yourself about your employees’ behaviors. When you understand the behaviors, you will have a clearer path in dealing with difficult situations. You will be able to gain trust and motivate your

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