The inner circle is killing organizations.
The inner circle is not necessarily a group of people as we typically think of it, although it often does manifest as leaders of a certain level in an organization. It is more the idea that information and power must live at the top of the organization, and has to be hoarded, protected and carefully distributed.
Nine months into being a new mom and I’m getting to see things through the eyes of a newcomer to this world. From her point of view, everything is little, everyone is new and anything is possible. As she tries to stand up, if she stretches her arm just a bit more, she will have a sturdy place to hold on. If she steps a little farther, she will be well balanced. It won’t take much, but for her it’s the difference between standing and falling.
Taking little steps and making small adjustments is how you learn and grow and evolve.
100% of the people I work with include “developing others” in their coaching goals. As I shared last week, the coaching leadership style is all about developing people by investing in them now for the future. It requires that the manager let go of control.
The workplace reality looks something like this: more and more, employees want to co-create their environment, they want to find meaning in their work and they want to develop and grow along the way. When the coaching leadership style is used, at the right time, it is a valuable tool in accomplishing this.
Coaching in the workplace, when done right, is simply about coaxing the best solution or path forward out of someone else. It requires, in that moment, that the manager forgets everything they know and everything they’re an expert in. With genuine care and undivided attention, a manager creates the space (and navigates the conversation) so that the employee can find the best solution. Using the right tools and skills for the conversation, a manager puts the ball in the employee’s court, handing over some control. With more control over the situation comes ownership, commitment and accountability - which is missing in a lot or organizations.