I just got done giving a presentation to a large number of project managers in HP, titled “Coaching Employees on Tough Issues.” How incredibly cool!
The primary purpose was to clearly describe the role of manager-as-coach, how that’s different than other things the manager might be doing, and to explain how the coaching process works. I didn’t really spend a lot of time walking through steps of a coaching conversation, but instead tried to inspire the attendees to internalize why good coaching conversations will help employees to be more inspired, more focused, and more productive.
The audience was somewhere over 440 people worldwide, which means that most of the time was spent walking people through my slides. Despite that, there was a high level of engagement because there were a lot of interesting – and tough! – questions. Here are some great ones:
- How is the coaching/leadership comparison different from the coaching/management comparison?
- What happens when an employee coaches their manager? Can that work?
- What’s the difference between engagement and inspiration?
I can deliver the most value when I’m working with a smaller group, on issues which are specific to an organization. But this kind of presentation helps to build awareness and points people to resources that they have available to them.
And it was great to reconnect with a bunch of my HP buddies!