Practical Leadership Skills for Engaging Your Employees

“Coaching is not consulting” from Lee Ann Pond

In Practical Leadership Skills for Engaging Your Employees, we delve into Lee Ann Pond’s professional journey. W learn about Lee Ann’s experience as a Chief Administrative Officer and the challenges of venturing into entrepreneurship. Lastly, Lee Ann educates us on the journey toward becoming the author of her book, “The Engagement Ring.

In my conversation with Lee Ann, I realized that coaching and consulting are two distinct practices. According to Lee Ann, coaching involves guiding individuals to discover their own solutions, while consulting involves providing solutions to them. However, it can be challenging for leaders to coach without consulting. To overcome this, I’ve developed a helpful tool – sharing my experience instead of my opinion. By framing feedback with phrases like “In the past I’ve seen...” or “If I can share some lessons from past projects…“, I avoid influencing the team’s decision-making process. This approach allows me to coach the team towards finding their own solutions and not merely consulting them with a solution.

Using coaching instead of sending executives and managers to seminars two or three times a year can be more beneficial to ongoing career development, not to mention less expensive…” PC Week

Thank you for reading here and for listening to Practical Leadership Skills for Engaging Your Employees with Lee Ann Pond | PPP #66. Please check out Lee Ann’s book and connect with her on LinkedIn here.

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