Management Coaching – Experience Needed

Many companies fall into the mistake of hiring someone who has managed people before, and assuming that, since they’re an experienced manager, they don’t need any more help. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that managers are human beings too, and just as cooking at home for a few years doesn’t leave someone completely qualified to be a good chef (although it might well be a good start), being a good manager consists of more than having experience managing some people for a while.

This is where management coaches come in. One of the most important resources human resources can provide is the kind of management coaching that turns a mediocre manager into the leader of a all-star team. There’s a reason that top CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies spend a combined total of millions in one to one training with the world’s most elite coaches. That reason is that even someone with as many successes as Bill Gates or Steve Jobs knows that he doesn’t know everything.

A similarity may be found in the field of music – George Gershwin took lessons in harmony from other composers, at a time when he was the most famous and well-paid living composer in the world! If the leaders of the world take personal coaching, isn’t that a good indication that management coaching is an important part of bringing out the best in your management team?

Where to draw the line is the only question. Does everyone who is someone’s supervisor need management coaching? What if someone is only a project leader? Lead engineer? Merely “senior” engineer, managing no one but himself or herself? The answer is definitely yes.

No one is perfect, and thus everyone who makes stressful management decisions needs coaching. Changes in the world, particularly increases in business efficiency, require active adaptation in order to stay ahead of the curve. Managers unable to adapt to this new business climate are going to lose out – it is as simple as that. They lose their edge, their organization’s advantage, and, in the worst cases, their workforce and their business as well.

Expert management coaching ensures that an angry lapse will never destroy a team, that a bad day doesn’t mean a bad month, and that teams are led, and not just managed. Raising leaders doesn’t happen without investing in them, and management coaches are the most proactive way of doing that — for a Fortune 500 CEO, and for your management team too.

Many companies make the mistake of hiring someone who has managed people before, assuming that since they are experienced in that area they do not need any more help. But that is wrong, as mere experience need not make a person a good manager. This is where management coaches come in and provide management coaching to help turn mediocre or poor managers into world-class leaders, thus making human resources most beneficial to the company. Fortune 500 companies spend millions of dollars employing the best coaches for this purpose. Since nobody is perfect, anybody making management decisions needs coaching and managers who receive no such training are at a disadvantage.

- George Purdy

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