One skill many leaders lack
Can you believe that the weather in Toronto was 25 degrees Celsius these past few days ☀️? It's insane. Coby 🐶 and I couldn't be happier. It gave me a glimpse of summer - long walks, ice cream runs and biker shorts weather 🚴♀️ if that's your thing.
I'll be working from different coffee shops ☕️, most likely from a Patio on Developer to Leader 🚀 and my upcoming free workshop: Engineering Manager Blueprint 🔥. I'll be closing doors in the next few hours, so sign up if you haven't already.
Speaking of good weather, I'll be travelling to speak 🎙️ at 3 conferences in May, will be a lot of fun. In 2018, I discovered my passion for teaching when I started speaking at conferences (I gave 15+ talks) and once I started coaching part-time.
But here is the thing about Coaching → many get it wrong ❌
Coaching is a very crucial skill you need in your toolkit as a Leader 💪
What you want is a little more asking people questions and a little less telling people what to do.
A few years ago, a dev reporting to me looking to grow into a Tech Lead was really frustrated 😥. They said that coaching is slow and they don’t have time for it. So why would they waste time asking questions when they can use their experience to help grow people faster?
While that’s true, remember when you code, if someone handed you the answer 😤 and told you exactly what to do, how would that make you feel? Well, I bet it won't be fun, and you won't know how to do it yourself the next time.
I recommend reading the book ‘Coaching Habit’ in Developer to Leader because coaching is an important skill every leader must have.
The author says there are 7 habits we need to build as a Leader.
The 7 coaching habits are designed to help you have more effective coaching conversations with your team.
Here are a few coaching questions,
🤔 The Kickstart Question - "What's on Your Mind?"
💡 The AWE Question - "And What Else?"
🔍 The Focus Question - "What's the Real Challenge Here for You?"
🎯 The Foundation Question - "What Do You Want?"
🤲 The Lazy Question - "How Can I Help?"
⚖️ The Strategic Question - "If You're Saying Yes to This, What Are You Saying No To?"
🌟 The Learning Question - "What Was Most Useful for You?"
Giving every question a title makes it easier for us to remember and connect. To be honest, though, I took this from a lesson on "Coaching for the Win" from Developer to Leader 🚀. I cover a lot more in the program with examples.
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🧰 The Engineering Leader's Toolbox
- 🎙️ My podcast Episode on Compressed FM
- 🔥 How to become a Great Leader in 2023 (Badass version)
- 📙 Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier
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