The Art of Strengths Coaching

D is for The Destination, The Dos And Don’ts And The Daily Support

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Good leaders believe in giving their people context by communicating the big picture. They often explain the What, Why, How, Who and When. They then make clear working contracts with their people.

Such leaders explain what mountain the team is climbing, why it is climbing it and how it intends to reach the summit. They describe the qualities people will need to demonstrate and the support they will be given. They also describe what must be delivered by when on the journey.

They then give people the chance to reflect and decide if they want to contribute. If so, they make clear contracts with people about what they will deliver. They then encourage people to do superb work and deliver success.

Different leaders use different frameworks for giving people context. Some describe the team’s purpose, principles and the required professional standards. Some communicate the team’s story, strategy and road to success. They all believe that people work best when they can see how their contribution fits into achieving the big picture.

Such leaders may use different frameworks, but they often focus on similar themes. They communicate: a) The Destination; b) The Dos and Don’ts; c) The Daily Support. They use their own words for bringing the following themes to life.

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Looking at your own life, can you think of a specific situation when you might want to use this framework in your own way? This could be a personal or professional situation. I have seen this approach used by, for example:

Educators who explained the ground rules to students who wanted to learn a certain discipline.

Soccer managers who explained the principles that the players were expected to follow to do their best to achieve positive results. 

Leaders who explained the strategies people were encouraged to pursue to tackle a particular challenge.

Good leaders are positive and predictable. They aim to build an encouraging culture in which motivated people and can achieve peak performance. They also believe it is vital to make clear contracts with people.

Such leaders make the deal clear. People need to know what they can and can’t expect, even if some of these things may evolve over time. They then invite people to decide if they want to contribute towards achieving the goals.

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

Describe a specific situation in the future when you may want to use the approach in your own way. 

Describe the specific things you can do to use the approach in your own way. 

Describe the specific things that may happen as a result of using the approach in your own way.

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