Episode 35 36 min
LEADERSHIP

How To Evolve From “Boss” To “Coach” - with James Dale

What are you working so hard for?

Money for you and your family.

And the time to enjoy it.

What are you working so hard for?

Money for you and your family.

And the time to enjoy it.

Most evolving contractors want both. The finer details of the picture may change from entrepreneur to entrepreneur, we are all unique. But for a lot of us, our dream life and business is centered around more money and more time. You can’t really savour one without the other.

Now, as you’ve definitely realized already, this dream is impossible without competent staff who can independently solve problems, make decisions, and drive the business forward. Developing leaders within is essential because if everyone and everything needs us, we’ll never feel the freedom that motivated us to start our company in the first place. Do you want empowered teams and leaders that execute well without you? Or a bunch of worker bees who need constant babysitting? The choice is yours.

This is why “coaching” will always be more effective than “bossing”.

To help us move from boss and coach, we’re joined by James Dale, one of our favourite recurring guests. As you’ve heard in other episodes James is Director of Training and Development for Breakthrough Academy.

Today’s conversation is about situational leadership and how to coach your employees as they go through the 3 developmental stages associated with taking on a new role or learning a new skill.

If you can’t develop talent your business will always run you! To avoid this, here are a few key points we go over:

  • How to tackle the very common scenario of moving a skilled employee into a management role
  • What happens to contractors that don’t see themselves as a coach in their business
  • How to work with someone when they have low skill but high commitment
  • The coaching style most contractors skip when their employees are doing OK that holds back big opportunities for growth
  • How NOT to lead employees that have high competency and high commitment
  • What to do when you are too busy to properly coach each employee that reports to you