I recently read a paper by Nick Petrie at the Center for Creative Leadership that used the metaphor that leadership is perpetual white water. This is my third blog post on the paper. For the first one, check out the August 6, 2017 post, and the second one check out the August 13, 2017 post. The paper discussed the new era of digital information leadership and talked about how to develop leaders in this new white water era.
A third suggestion from this paper is a time-efficient form of coaching, one that takes only two to three hours a month to complete. People who are looking to change behaviors often choose coaching. Author Petrie suggests raising the bar from Coaching to Feedforward Coaching, which puts the responsibility for development into the person’s hands by tailoring the process to work for them. Feedforward Coaching means the person chooses trusted colleagues to help them by focusing on three areas:
- Focus on the future
- Give only suggestions
- That are positive that the person can do
- Person chooses one or two areas to improve.
- Person chooses five to eight internal, trusted people who become feedforward coaches.
- Person gathers monthly suggestions from the feedforward coaches and determines which to implement.
- At six and twelve month points, measure level of behavior change.
The six and twelve month check-ins could be something like:
- Behavioral goal to change – I need to be more patient with other people (visible goal).
- Wait until people stop talking
- Talk slower
- Walk around the office slower
- Listen to people
- Behaviors to work against the goal (doing/not doing)
- I interrupt people instead of waiting for them to finish talking
- I talk very fast and very loud
- I make quick decisions
- I walk around the office so fast I sometimes forget to say hello to some people
- Hidden competing goals
- I’ll have to spend more time at work every day if I listen to everyone
- My attention will be diverted to nonsense things and that will delay important things
- I am committed to
- Not wasting time on nonsense things
- Not damaging my home life
- Not having my career stalled because my performance drops
- My big assumptions
- I need to be fast and impatient at all times or I will not get results
- If I am not fast and impatient all the time, my results will decrease and my image will be damaged.
Will you try this kind of coaching? Why? Why not? What expectations / concerns do you have?
Cite: Future Trends in Leadership Development by Nick Petrie