Ask A Coach: Vague Feedback

Q: I’ve been told by my boss I need to do better at presenting, but when I ask for examples of what to do better – he can’t really give me much – just saying I need more presence. What do I do?A:  That is frustrating.  Your boss sounds like s/he is trying to help, but...

Ask A Coach: Motivating a Team

Q: How do I inspire my team to do work that is basic?  We do pretty routine things, how do I help them exceed expectations?A:  It sounds like you want your team to be more engaged in the work that they do, even though the work itself may not be that engaging.  Think...

Ask A Coach: Unproductive Meetings

Q: My team seems to be stuck.  We keep having meetings about what to do, but nothing seems to happen and we show up at the next meeting right where we left off in the previous one.  What’s going on?A:  Sounds like you aren’t getting commitment before you leave the...

Ask A Coach: Timely Feedback

Q: As a leader, I know timely feedback is expected and needed, but sometimes things my team does really irritate me.  How do I provide that feedback in a moment when I am angry or irritated?A:  Congratulations on recognizing that giving feedback when you are angry is...

Ask A Coach: Gossip on team

Q: One of my co-workers is always gossiping about other team members or other teams.  It makes me uncomfortable.  What is the best way to handle it?A:  That sounds like a difficult situation.  I don’t know if I have a best way since every situation is different, so...

Ask A Coach: Quiet Team

Q: My team is pretty reserved except for one person who always chimes in for ideas/input.  What can I do to encourage others to speak up in the meetings more?A: Often times more reserved people tend to want to think about things and feel put on the spot to come up...

Ask A Coach: Organizational Change

Q: How can I help my team be successful after an org. change? A:  In the book Managing Transitions, William Bridges discusses four steps you can take to help people through a transition.   Purpose:  Give people a purpose for the new team.  Help them understand a...
Ask A Coach:  Building Trust

Ask A Coach: Building Trust

Q:  My team seems to be guarded about sharing information or speaking up.  I think it is because we just don’t know each other that well. How do I build trust on my team? A:  That does sound like it could be a frustrating issue.  Keep in mind that you...

Ask A Coach: New Leader

Q: I’ve just been promoted to lead a new team. How do I help us behave like a team? A:  Congratulations on your promotion!  You are probably going through a transition now yourself, and your new team is going through the transition too.  I recommend meeting with the...

Ask A Coach: Disruptive Coworker

Q: I don’t lead a team but one of my co-workers is really disruptive to the team.  He talks over people in meetings.  He rolls his eyes when other team members speak.  The behavior has continued for a long time on the team. Is there anything I can do about it? A: ...