Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /homepages/26/d467662716/htdocs/susanwhitcomb/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 259

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /homepages/26/d467662716/htdocs/susanwhitcomb/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 259

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /homepages/26/d467662716/htdocs/susanwhitcomb/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 259

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /homepages/26/d467662716/htdocs/susanwhitcomb/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 259

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /homepages/26/d467662716/htdocs/susanwhitcomb/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 259

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /homepages/26/d467662716/htdocs/susanwhitcomb/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 259

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /homepages/26/d467662716/htdocs/susanwhitcomb/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 259

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /homepages/26/d467662716/htdocs/susanwhitcomb/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 259

<< Go Back

Leadership Coaching-Shifting from Entitled to Empowered

shutterstock_66132007(1)Have you ever worked with a coworker, employee, or coaching client whom you just wished could shift from “entitled” or “victim” thinking to “empowered” and “victorious” thinking? How different would our lives be–our careers, companies, families, communities, nations be–if we defaulted to the latter (empowered, victorious)?

I often hear managers and coaches ask the question, “How do I get someone to shift from ‘entitled’ to ‘empowered’?” Here are a few ideas:

shutterstock_131766014LEAD: Lead first. Live it yourself. Start by being a role model. See possibility and provision in every challenge, every routine, every everything . . . everywhere and all the time.

 

shutterstock_164791667LOVE: Love them. I know. It sounds a little politically incorrect to use the word “love” in the workplace, so let me explain. Care about the people you are coaching or managing—be interested and intrigued by who they are, what they can become, how they can contribute. Be selfless—do not be concerned about potential negative consequences to yourself if the person you’re coaching/managing gets what he wants (e.g., a manager who doesn’t want his “golden goose” producer to get promoted because it will leave the manager in a lurch).

 

shutterstock_158356859LEVERAGE: Leverage them. Leverage their strengths. No one can or will move forward when focusing on what’s wrong with them, what’s missing, what isn’t up to par. But when they look at their strengths—when you help them focus on their strengths—you’ll see a visible change happen…a hope and confidence that wouldn’t be there otherwise.

 

shutterstock_131706869LOOK: Look into the future with them. Explore what they want, whether today, tomorrow, ten years from now. Note: It’s best to do the looking forward after you’ve done the prior tip of “leveraging,” because people will be in a more optimist place to dream about what they want to create when they’re operating from their strengths.

 

shutterstock_109555592LEARN: Explore with the person what she needs to learn to move forward, to do things differently, to gain new ground. All too often, if we haven’t achieved a meaningful goal, it’s simply a matter of learning new skills, new thinking, new feelings that will support the goal. Look for opportunities to apply the learning, whether in a stretch role, with additional responsibilities, in a special assignment, or in an existing role.

Enjoy empowering yourself and supporting others in the process!

Share

Tags: , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Recent Posts

Does optimism mean you have to be happy all the time? As humans we experience a wide range of emotions. On the negative (“minus”) end of the spectrum, those emotions can include worry, fear, anxiety, hate, worry, frustration, bitterness, jealousy. On the positive (“plus”) end of the spectrum, we have love, joy, peace, gratitude, hope, […]

Share
READ MORE...

For many years, I wasn’t aware of how “routinized” my ability to worry, catastrophize, and feel guilty had become! It was a habit that I hadn’t realized was part of my daily life. And with every worrisome thought, I caused a chemical release in my system that took me even further into a subtle but […]

Share
READ MORE...

I’ve been on a journey of becoming more Optimistic over the past few years. I’ll admit that, for many years, I lived with a tendency toward feeling “guilty” and even a bit “fearful” about getting everything done or having the business I needed to make ends meet—I was often the first to: Wonder: “Whew, we […]

Share
READ MORE...

Training Schedule

Upcoming Events