Posts Tagged "coach"

Why You Should Hire an Executive Coach (and What to Look For)

Posted on December 18th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Behind every great athlete there is an even greater coach. There isn’t a top athlete–from Muhammad Ali to Tiger Woods to Serena Williams–who did not need a mentor to help them reach the top of their profession.  


If you think about it, your business is similar to that of an elite athlete. You may have the drive, the skills, and the vision, but there are times when you need professional guidance to ensure you stay on the right path, and how to best utilize your talents and work on your shortcomings in order to reach your goals. An executive coach can be that person.


No matter where you are on your career path–from eager up-and-coming manager to a seasoned senior executive to an entrepreneur–there will be times when you can benefit from some professional coaching.

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Here’s how to choose the best executive coach for your goals.

This Is The Link Between Employee Motivation And Their Manager’s Mental State

Posted on August 25th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

To effectively lead and motivate employees, you don’t need charisma and a grand vision. Research from Michigan State University (MSU) found that being a successful boss was more about mind over matter.


The study, published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, found that a leader’s focus, or mind-set, affects his or her own behavior, which in turn affects employees’ motivation. And the good news is that your mind-set can be changed to produce certain outcomes from workers, from creativity to loss prevention.


“Effective leadership may be based in part on a leader’s ability to recognize when a particular mental state is needed in their employees and to adapt their own mental state and their behaviors to elicit that mind-set,” says Brent Scott, MSU professor of management and study coauthor. “Part of the story here is that you don’t have to be Steve Jobs to be an effective leader. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing.”


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Effective leaders don’t have to be charismatic, but a certain mind-set is required.

The 1 Question All Your Employees Wish You Would Ask

Posted on June 26th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Having a discussion with your employees or manager about job performance is never an easy feat. If executed incorrectly, the process could produce counteractive results. Managers have to find ways to provide both motivation and constructive criticism, and employees have to share individual goals underneath the scrutiny of their bosses.


However, what if you could knock down these obstacles with a single process? A system that created a platform for managers to discuss improvement opportunities, and one question that encouraged employees to be open with their managers. Well, you’re in luck. One such process and question exists. First, let’s take a look at the process: 360 feedback.

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Employee development conversations can be scary. These two approaches can help ease the nerves of all parties involved.

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