One of the key aspects to becoming a great manager is to facilitate the ability of subordinates to identify the priority areas where they need to become self-sufficient and then support them in doing so. Two of the key support activities are coaching and training. The following article will provide, hopefully, user-friendly guidance as to how a manager should approach coaching and training.

Training and coaching defined:

  1. Training is a formalized program usually offered with visual and/or written aids to demonstrate/describe what is being trained. It is often conducted by someone other than the manager.
  2. Coaching is almost always conducted by the manager and is a less formalized and sometimes spontaneous action on the part of the manager.

In order to assess the training and/or coaching a subordinate needs the manager must first determine:

  1. The areas that the subordinate is self-sufficient, the areas that s/he is not, and the priority issues needing to be addressed within that gap.
  2. The career path targeted for the subordinate.

In order of priority the manager must determine:

  1. What training programs offered by your company (internally and/or externally) will improve the priority areas of self-sufficiency and when the subordinate will take them.
  2. Which areas are to be addressed via daily coaching by the manager and how they plan to perform the coaching.

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By Terry Thompson, Surrey, BC, CYBF mentor,

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