One of the benefits of business coaching is being asked great coaching questions. A major part of the role of a coach is to ask you meaningful questions that help reveal insights about yourself and your business.
"Think about educating people to be owners of businesses, not employees of business" Robert Kiyosaki
This is a concept that you can also use yourself in your business.
The main principle behind employee coaching is to give people the tools to 'fish for themselves, rather than just giving them the fish'.
Coaching creates self-sufficiency so it is a useful tool for business owners to use with staff.
How does it work?
The next time a team member comes to you to ask for your advice instead of just jumping in and telling them the answer, ask questions instead.
This way they'll learn not to expect you to tell them how to solve things and over the longer term this saves time because they'll just get on and solve things rather than waiting around for you.
Ultimately it saves your time and it leverages your team's time better.
Of course, in some instances, asking questions may not be an appropriate response. If you're in a situation that requires a swift response you may then need to adopt a more directive style of management.
"Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers" Anthony Robbins
1. What’s working/what’s not working?
2. How can I help right now?
3. What kind of support would be helpful for you?
4. What are the 3 steps to achieve that?
5. How can we do this really easily?
6. How have you overcome this before?
7. What is this costing you?
8. Can that be delegated?
9. How can you simplify that?
10. What obstacles might get in the way?
11. What might stop you achieving that?
12. What are you doing or not doing which may be causing this?
13. What conversations do you need to have?
14. What are you wasting time on?
15. If you changed this, what’s the worst thing that could happen?
16. How might you tackle that differently next time?
17. What have you learnt from this?
18. What do we need to change to prevent this happening again?
19. What patterns are recurring that we need to learn from?
20. What do we need to make sure we keep doing?
21. How many possible solutions can you come up with? (Hint: at least 3)
22. What if there were no limits to what you could do?
23. Is there anything missing?
24. What are you avoiding?
25. What are you tolerating?
26. Who do you know that could help you with that?
27. If this were happening to someone else, what would you advise?
28. Are you making this more of a problem than it needs to BE?
29. What is a baby step that you could take towards that goal?
30. What could you do totally differently to make a big shift?