Does your team keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again no matter how many times you try to break the cycle? Maybe you’ve hired a consultant before. They’ve come in, taught your team something new
It might have worked out for a little while, but eventually it becomes clear that the consulting didn’t take the way that you’d hoped it would. For whatever reason, it didn’t resonate with your team. If this sounds like you, it’s probable that your team is in need of executive coaching.
While almost any team, no matter the size or the corporation, could benefit from coaching, some will benefit more than others. Yours may be one of them. But how can you know for sure?
If you agreed with any of the statements or questions above, it is likely that you could benefit from bringing a coach on board with your team to form a collaborative effort to improve. There are several warning signs that will let you know that your team is in dire need of direction.
If your team has already had professional coaching
If you have already hired a consultant, and you did not see any long-term improvement, it is probable that the consultant you hired was not focusing on the most effective areas of employee satisfaction. They might have had some innovative ideas and a persuasive style of speaking. And yet, you did not see the results you had hoped to see after bringing in someone from the outside.
When results of these consultations fail to take root in the members of your team, it is likely that the basic mindset of the individual employee was never addressed during the consultation. Each and every part of your team is an essential element when it comes to success. In order to get your employees working together, they must first be able to function as individuals.
Coaching employees as individuals
In the short-term, it is entirely possible for your team to benefit from bringing in a consultant who fails to address the individual mindset of employees. However, if you wish to see any sort of long-term results, it is essential that the coach you bring to your team knows how to address this basic, essential element of employee performance.
In reality, only fourteen percent (14%) of corporate training actually works and improves long-term effectiveness in a company or corporation. What this successful fourteen percent does differently is focus on the mindset of the individuals and of the team as the foundation for improvement in the corporate realm.
Employees must have a productive mindset
Only when employees have a productive mindset can they focus on improving the company through their work. It is essential to look for a coach who can bring about success, one who will address the underlying negative mindset that has been dragging your team down. Perhaps your employees don’t even realize that their outlook is causing them to fall behind and indulge in poor habits.
It is these bad habits that consultants attempt to confront when brought into the corporation. And yet, where many companies and corporations find themselves stuck is when they try to change employee behaviors without changing the underlying mindset of the individual members of the team.
Effects of a negative mindset
If your employees are weighted down by thoughts such as “my work doesn’t matter” or “this is pointless,” there is little room for growth. Furthermore, with this negative outlook, there is little desire to grow in the first place. Such negative thoughts from a single individual can affect overall performance for a team when projects are slowed down. Negativity can spread like a virus among your team, going from person to person in a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. If your employees believe that there is no point to their work, they will fail to find it should they look.
Even the most inspired initiatives to change employee behavior are doomed before they are even launched in environments where the employee mindset is inherently negative. No number of employee appreciation days or witty slogans is going to change the underlying problem. Consultants who do not focus on the deeper issue might boost morale for a week, maybe even a month before the team gets trapped in that same old rut once again.
Coaching for accountability
Another sign that your team might be in need of coaching is a lack of accountable people. Accountability, by definition, is an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions. And yet, this word is thrown around in conversations and dialogues about leadership as though it means virtually nothing. If your employees are unwilling to accept responsibility for themselves, and especially if the leadership of that team is resistant to being held accountable for the actions of the group at large, there is no drive within the corporation to be held to any standard, let alone to improve.
A good corporate coach will teach your employees not only how to be accountable for their actions, but also inspire them to be proud of their work. Those who find meaning in what they do will take accountability when things don’t go as planned. Furthermore, they’ll be happy to be held accountable when things go right.
Coaching for high turnover
If your corporation suffers from a high turnover rate, this could be an indicator that employee needs aren’t being met the way they should be. This might be accompanied by a high volume of complaints to the human resources (HR) department.
Contrary to the methods mentioned above, these two factors are numerically quantifiable. Such objective evidence can be used to compare the current status of your team to years past. Have things gotten worse? Has the turnover rate increased? Is HR hearing more complaints than they have before now?
If so, it’s entirely possible that one of the problems surfacing is a lack of vision for yourself, your team, and your company. Not knowing where the team is going can lead to negativity, leaving employees to wonder why it is that they’re doing the work at all if there is no visible goal in sight.
Why professional coaching?
Executive coaching can help address not only where you and your employees are in the present, but it can also give you the liberty to set goals as to where you want your company and your team to be in the future. By working with a coach, it is possible to create a roadmap to lead you and your team to your goals.
Don’t continue to struggle through mediocrity because you’ve lost faith that your team can improve. Bring in a corporate coach to address these issues in ways that are statistically proven to improve employee satisfaction and the success of your team as a whole. Find ways to inspire your employees and get them away from limiting beliefs. By fostering pride in their work as well as positive outlooks, you can help your team become more successful than ever before.
See if professional coaching is right for your team
The first step is admitting that there is an issue that needs to be solved. The next is to make contact with a coach that can help. Be the leader that your team needs you to be by reaching out to someone who can help make a difference not only in your success but also in the lives of your employees.
If you believe your team needs an executive coach, sign up for a free consultation to see if coaching is right for your team.