You don’t have to be a certified coach to benefit from the proven coaching tools and principles. ‘Speed Coaching’ is written to help leaders make the best of what coaching has to offer – the dialogue, tools, and the mindset to think like a coach, listen like a coach, talk like a coach and act like a coach.
The book will help you learn how to spot and take advantage of daily opportunities to engage their teams in quick, focused, and meaningful coaching conversations; leveraging those interactions to transform themselves, their teams, and their organizations.
Instead of making coaching a structured, rigorous process offered to only a few key executives at the top, ‘Speed Coaching’ aims to introduce coaching as an exchange of ideas and dialogues between employees and managers at all levels that is positive, motivating, and forward-looking.
Speed Coaching’ is intended to help leaders take advantage of the quick, often taken-for-granted conversations they have with their employees every day. It allows leaders to coach on-the-fly whenever the opportunity arises taking a sip of the coaching process that is spontaneous, improvised, and powerful.
WHY ANOTHER BOOK ON COACHING?
Viewing the constraints of complicated, multi-step traditional coaching models, this quick read provides a simple and prompt coaching process that makes coaching memorable and accessible, in-the-moment for both novice and experienced leaders alike.
‘Speed Coaching’ is a substitute for formalized coaching which is usually time-consuming and at times gets overlooked for the more immediate responsibilities. The key is not to carve out time to coach, but rather embed coaching into the time you already have.
WHAT MOTIVATED ME TO WRITE THIS BOOK?
Coaching doesn’t have to be limited to the professional setting. Informal coaching conversations can take place anywhere and everywhere. By using ATM Formula, given in the book, almost every conversation can be converted into a coaching conversation.
‘Speed Coaching’ aims to create coach-like leaders who are fully equipped to turn ordinary chats into more insightful and result-oriented coaching dialogues.
Speed Coaching’ will make you ready and equipped to take advantage of a conversation during exchanges that happen every day – on an elevator, in the cafeteria, over an afternoon cup of coffee, or passing in the hallway. You will be able to contribute to the creation of a coaching culture, where coaching becomes part of the fabric of the organization.
WHAT IS SPEED COACHING?
An informal, usually unplanned, or unexpected opportunity for a leader or a manager to have a dialogue with an employee aimed at facilitating the employee to problem solve or learn from work experience.
It is aimed at helping them to learn rather than instructing, directing, or teaching them. ‘Speed Coaching’ is an informal communication process between two people that can be utilized in almost any context where the Coachee has a situation in which more than one solution is possible.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN FROM THIS BOOK?
- The purpose of ‘Speed Coaching’ is to equip you with hands-on coaching knowledge, skill and practice. Grounded in deep research, experience, and practice, the book will improve your coaching dialogue skills.
- You will experience this new reality that everyone in an organization can master a new language called ‘dialogue’, to improve leadership, result-focus, creativity, problem-solving, service excellence, and continuous learning.
- With the powerful, actionable coaching tools, you will learn to show up, every day, knowing that what you say and do does make a difference.
- You will see the difference between a ‘unidirectional’ conversation and a true dialogue: the power of using the language of coaching to achieve expectations, personal growth, and overall strategic success.
HOW SPEED COACHING WILL BENEFIT YOUR ORGANIZATION
In the last 10 years, helping leaders master coaching leadership style has been my obsession. I have witnessed organizations transforming when top leaders adopt speed coaching in their daily interactions.
In almost all cases, it started with the leadership team, and then my team and I ended up teaching speed coaching to hundreds of people across the organizations. Within a few weeks, everyone, at levels in the organization was seen speaking the speed coaching language.
Here are the most frequently reported benefits of using the speed coaching leadership style:
- The organizations that institute coaching as a way of managing and leading, experience a higher level of performance. The exchange of meaningful and actionable feedback becomes the norm and not something that only occurs during annual performance appraisals. The willingness to share insights and ideas becomes accepted and expected at all levels – up, down, and across.
- Based on a simple, proven, and easy-to-use ‘speed coaching’ framework; the leaders and managers at all levels in the organization will be able to engage their teams, giving feedback both formally and informally, making agreements, setting the direction, and empowering teams to take actions with a sense of accountability.
- ‘Speed Coaching’ will help your organization create a ‘coaching culture’ based on the principles of understanding, collaboration, and growth. The constant follow-through on the ideas presented in the book will help your organization embody coaching as a normal way of life.
WHAT LEADERS CAN ACHIEVE THROUGH SPEED COACHING?
‘Speed Coaching’ will allow your leaders to embrace ‘coach-like leadership style’. They will be able to engage people in a positive exchange that allows the person to be coached, explore what is possible, and commit to constructive, forward-looking actions.
By using the simple four-step conversational framework, leaders will be able to create mind-opening conversations that leave both the manager and employee feeling good about the interaction.
Speed Coaching enables leaders to do the following:
Discover what the employee is experiencing and understand their reality.
Partner with them. Help them find a solution, think through options, and understand the implications
Commit to facilitate action, and follow up on progress, insights, and timingCommit to facilitate action, and follow up on progress, insights, and timing
SPEED COACHING RESULTS:
According to the research conducted by the Founder of Coaching; Sir. John Whitmore, ‘coach-like leadership style’ produces the following results:
- Improved performance & productivity
- Improved relationship between leader and team
- Greater employee engagement
- Improved job satisfaction & retention
- More time for the leader to focus on bigger goals
- Increased innovation
- Better use of people and knowledge
- People going the extra mile
- Greater agility and adaptability
- High-performance culture
- Life skill for leaders
- Improved career development
- Coaching Knowledge
- Coaching Skill
- Coaching Practice
KEY QUESTIONS ADDRESSED IN THE BOOK:
- How to connect with your team better through coaching?
- How to understand the coaching language?
- How to engage and excite your team using speed coaching?
- How to co-create action plans with your people in a speed coaching
- How to gain commitment and ownership of results without pressuring?
WHO THIS BOOK IS FOR?
‘Speed Coaching’ tools, frameworks, and methods can be utilized by a number of professionals in a range of settings. Generally, the people who have benefitted the most from these concepts are the following:
- CEOs, Board Members, Directors,
- C-Suit Executives, Business Leaders
- Entrepreneurs and Business owners
- Department Heads, Business Managers
- Divisional Heads, Functional Heads
- General Managers, Senior Managers, Team Leaders
- Executive Coaches (both external and internal)
- Sports Coaches, Performance Coaches, Life Coaches
- Professional Corporate Trainers and Speakers
- Mentors who are tired of advising that people act upon.
- HR Chiefs, Leaders, Directors, Heads
- Anyone who manages a team or has a supervisory role
- Teachers, Professors, Principals, Academic Heads, Deans, VCs of Universities
- Heads of Nonprofit Organizations
- Government Officers at all levels
- Parents, Family Heads