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Project Manager as a coach
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Have you practice coaching techniques with your team? what kid of techniques have been useful for coaching teams and members?
as a Project management professional I have identified that coaching is part of the practices I need to use in both cases teams and individually., but sometimes I am feeling crossing cross bounderies in a personal issues and in the functional areas responsibilities. Anny point of view about having coaching sessions as part of your project job?
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Jun 12, 2019 1:09 PM
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The most important thing you can do as a coach is help people think differently. To learn more about it, read David Rock's "Quiet Leadership".

Any coaching or mentoring has to be based on trust. Trust can be built by exposing ourselves at a personal level.
thanks for comment and suggest the book.
agree with you that trust is a base in both cases mentoring or coaching, but it is mandatory about acting as a coach.
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Jun 12, 2019 1:39 PM
Replying to Miroslav Czadek
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Hi, I am using broad portfolio of coaching techniques from individual coaching to team coaching. As certified Erickson Coach Proffessional and NLP Master I am using all that can help to improve satisfaction. Critical is trust, rapport, experince...
THanks. you are mentioning specific tools and techniques from coaching.
Rapport.
I would add defining goals and parameters to track your progress is a key skill for a coach.
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Jun 12, 2019 1:40 PM
Replying to Anca Chelsoi
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Hi Dora,
Indeed, a very interesting topic and dear to my heart as well.
I feel with every change management initiative, coaching is an important part of making sure the initiative is successful. Every time i started a new project, I've made sure coaching and mentoring are part of the approach. Most of the times i learned people are resistant to the change which is, i guess, just human nature. But getting involved and open up to understand the challenges, helped me overcome the resistance and transform the opponent in a partner. And it worked every time.
Obviously, the techniques used need to be adjusted and require great communication, trust, confidence and creating an environment where people feel valued.
Thanks Anca for your points. Mentoring and coaching are keys for a change management strategy. I also consider that in a PM dailybasics relationships with the team members ,coaching techniques can give you a different perspective about your team and creates a safe environment for improving performance and project results as a whole
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I guess coaching is to help an indivdual identify his/her shortcomings and how to solve it by themselves. But in the project context is more of creating a team spirit environment and also helping them on how to handle their own emotions and others as well.
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Jun 16, 2019 12:58 PM
Dora Mejia
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thanks. I have been using coaching techniques for improving team and individuals performance not in developing technical skills but for learning about theirselves and overcome limitations by theirselves
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Hi Dora,
as far I understand that your question is not about coaching with the specific field of expertise. That would evoke the answer which Sergio posted.
On my project I always make some time to monitor an approach to current tasks of each team member. I need to be sure, that there is no way how to loose any input due to some unresolved open points, which were not discussed properly. As we all well know, some of team members are not so loud on the meetings and usually take their problems on the task to their workspace.
This is something that manager should take care of individually, and with the time still improving this approach. Lets make it an easy point to discuss, what is the best way to improve the mindset, approach to work and deliver the best performance. This must be the strong skill of PM among his project teams.

Good question, Dora.
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Jun 19, 2019 10:41 PM
Dora Mejia
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Thanks. yes my question was oriented to discover if PMs are applying coaching techniques or not and what kind of techniques. As many of the contributors need a distintion between coaching and mentoring.
thanks for your additional point moving to align the answers to a coaching approach.
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Hi Dora, that is very good question. I noted your comment about crossing the boundaries between personal and functional matters when you apply the coaching methods. I think in general that it is important to set yourself your own boundaries how much you want to be involved in personal reasons that may impact work performance. If you wish to avoid to cross such borders, you may suggest using professional coaches in your organization who would help team members to overcome their own personal challenges.
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Jun 17, 2019 10:03 PM
Dora Mejia
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thanks agree, but my point is that this is a direct responsability of functional managers and teams can feel double management
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For me coaching is close to teaching, a coach is to a good extent some sort of teacher.

If the PM is not the best SME on the project team he/she can't teach the team members on how to do their jobs better.

Eventually the PM could try to improve the non-technical skills of the team members or try to improve the interactions between them in the hope that this would improve their efficiency. However it is very hard to measure if these actions really help or not so the PM may be just wasting time on trying to coach the team.

The only coaching that is proven to be working is when a more experienced SME teaches a less experienced one on how to better perform some tasks.

Actually the overall experience is not that important experience in a certain functional area is. For instance an overall more experienced technical expert may be less experienced in a certain area than another expert so he may need coaching in that particular area. The coach would be the less overall experienced expert as he has better experience in that area.
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Jun 19, 2019 10:43 PM
Dora Mejia
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thanks for giving your oppinions about the topic.
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There's a difference between coaching and mentoring junior project managers into senior project managers. Coaching is a more informal approach and not necessarily a structured approach that deals with individuals on a personal level. Mentoring is a structured approach that looks to realised predefined and agreed objectives and goals that could lead to obtain qualifications and equipping individuals with new tools and techniques. Coaching should really only be used with very green new team members who maybe intimidated by a mentoring program and require a buddy to show them the ropes of an organisation. Mentoring requires commitment from both parties, is time and labour intensive but can be a rewarding experience for both individuals involved.
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Thank you for this valuable discussion/topic and I just give thanks for a discussion that touch my heart.
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Jun 17, 2019 10:04 PM
Dora Mejia
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thaks mahmoud, it is a great topic toshare ideas
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Jun 12, 2019 11:50 PM
Replying to DINA MUHAMAD
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I guess coaching is to help an indivdual identify his/her shortcomings and how to solve it by themselves. But in the project context is more of creating a team spirit environment and also helping them on how to handle their own emotions and others as well.
thanks. I have been using coaching techniques for improving team and individuals performance not in developing technical skills but for learning about theirselves and overcome limitations by theirselves
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Jun 19, 2019 10:42 PM
Dora Mejia
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thanks for giving your distintion about coaching and mentoring. we need to declare this distintion
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