Business Breathers session to focus on employee coaching skills

For leaders, the key to coaching others is managing their own emotions, says a leading consultant in the field. Developing this skill will be the focus of a free webinar next Wednesday, July 28 at 11 a.m.

Caren Burt, Principal at C Burt & Associates, will lead the session as part of the Business Breathers series facilitated by Goodman Group, the Goodman School of Business’ community-focused learning and development services provider.

“Everyone can be a great coach,” she says. “It’s a learned skill and takes a little practice like everything else we learn.”

The talk titled “Manage self to coach others” will give participants insight into their own leadership skills and teach them how those skills align with coaching others.

“Leaders are often focused on their own discomfort and/or frustration when they enter into a challenging coaching conversation,” Burt says. “When the leader manages their emotions, biases and judgements they are better able to create a trusting relationship where employees can be honest and take accountability rather than a defensive stance.”

The session will help participants: shift their perspective to have more productive conversations; demonstrate how to make coaching easier by talking less; and help improve conversation flow to focus on creative solutions.

Burt’s practice specializes in leadership development, coaching, performance management, change management, strategic planning and facilitation. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRL) and is a certified leadership coach through the Coaches Training Institute.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Business Breathers webinars. Topics focus on leadership, management and innovation as well as the financial and social impacts of trending topics. Interested participants are asked to register online. A confirmation email will provide a link to access the webinar at the date and time of the event.

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