How to learn to become a coach

Project Oxygen – possibly you’ve heard about that. It’s the project in Google which was supposed to prove  – that managers are useless. The project itself failed (which sounds reasonable) – and if you are interested you can find more details in here –

The thing is, as a part of that project, based on data analysis they found 8th crucial things that their best managers do.

A good manager:

  1. Is a good coach
  2. Empowers the team and does not micromanage
  3. Express interest in and concern for team members’ success and personal well-being
  4. Is productive and results-oriented
  5. Is a good communicator – listens and shares information
  6. Helped with career development
  7. Has a clear vision and strategy for the team
  8. Has key technical skills that help him or her advise the team

The most important part of above is the first item – is a good coach. Today I wanted to share with you great free materials I personally went through, which can help you understand better what does it mean coaching, how does it go with managing itself, how does it compare to leadership or mentoring and even more.

I hope you will enjoy those coursera sessions, please find links below!

  1. Managing as a coach
  2. Setting expectations & Assessing Performance Issues
  3. Coaching Practices
  4. Coaching Conversations

Many thanks to Kris Plachy for preparing such a great stuff!


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