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January 2014

Welcome to our first Discovery in Action newsletter for 2014. We trust you have had a joyful holiday season and are energised and refreshed for the year ahead! 

In this edition of our newsletter:
  • We share some practical tips on how to be a more effective coach, and include a spotlight on the most commonly used coaching model - GROW
  • We follow on from Paul's October DiA Discovery blog and share a simple checklist that helps you diagnose possible reasons for underperformance of a team member, and
  • we highlight some guidance on the 5 essential building blocks to support the performance of the people that you lead.
Thanks for the feedback about the newsletter so far. If there is a topic you'd like us to feature, please drop us a note. And please feel free to forward this newsletter on to other people in your network...

Paul and Melanie Eyres

DiATips for More Effective Coaching

Participants in the DiA Leading People program often grapple with the challenge of coaching their teams.
'I still seem to be the one coming up with all the answers'. 'My team member doesn't show enough initiative.' 'I have told them this over and over again but nothing is changing'.
Check out this tips and hints guide with many practical ways to help improve your coaching effectiveness.
Practical tips and hints guides are available to all current and alumni participants of the program. We will feature one each newsletter.
Link to 'Tips + Hints'

5 Essential Building Blocks to support the people we lead

It is an important leadership practice to reflect on the performance and environment in your team - to identify in the context of your NOW, what is working and what might need some tweaking.
This practical resource identifies what could be in place for each of these 5 building blocks, and might trigger a thought about where you need to focus some of your leadership energy.
Click here to access this DiA resource.

Diagnosing possible causes of poor performance

Whilst we believe managing for performance is about managing all performance, not just poor performance (see Paul's October blog post), it can help to sometimes have some prompts to help you think through the reasons that may be contributing to someone not performing their best.

Click here to access a link to our simple checklist that outlines possible causes of poor performance.
Click here to access Paul's blog on 'Managing for performance vs managing underperformance'.

Spotlight on the GROW model

Inspired by the coaching theme, we are sharing a simple summary of the GROW model. This is one of the most widely used coaching models in the world, and is appealing not only because of its effectiveness, but also its simplicity. It is also a wonderful collaborative problem solving model you can use with your teams.
Link to GROW summary.

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