Building Your Coaching Skills
Coaching is one of the most important—and most
difficult—responsibilities of technical people. And the more management
responsibilities you have, or the more Agile a team you work with, the
more you need to coach. Too often, people struggle and fail when it comes
to coaching others to excellence. Sometimes, managers make the mistake of
trying to coach someone into performing work in a way that doesn’t fit for
that person. Other times, the coaching isn’t explicit about how to perform
work in a new and different way.
In this presentation, we will explore four practical steps to help you
assess your team members’ skills and recognize when coaching is
appropriate. If we’re lucky, you’ll have a chance to try coaching in one
way. Bring your most challenging coaching situation and come prepared to
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About the Speaker
Johanna Rothman helps managers and leaders solve problems and seize
She consults, speaks, and writes on managing high-technology product
development. She enables managers, teams, and organizations to become more
effective by applying her pragmatic approaches to the issues of project
management, risk management, and people management.
Johanna publishes The Pragmatic Manager, a monthly email newsletter and
podcast, and writes two blogs: Managing Product Development and Hiring
Technical People. She is the author of several books:
- 2008 Jolt Productivity award winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern,
Pragmatic Project Management
- Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management (with Esther Derby)
- Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets and
Science of Hiring Technical People
- Corrective Action for the Software Industry (with Denise Robitaille).
Her book on project portfolio management will be available in early 2009.
Johanna is also a host and session leader at the Amplifying Your
Effectiveness Conference. Find more of Johanna's articles and her blogs at
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