March 4, 2016
In a perfect world a manufacturing company owner or supervisor would simply give employees orders, walk away and enjoy the results. After all, people should be self-sufficient, take pride in their work and always do their best. In the real world, of course, we all have our ups and downs, we make mistakes and we don’t always get along with everyone. In other words: We’re human beings.
As business leaders, we do our best to assemble a team with the job skills we require that will work together as a cohesive unit. However, like snowflakes, no two personalities are exactly the same. This is not a bad thing, because we need a variety of talents, insights and perspectives to solve problems and come up with creative ideas. Our role as a leader, then, is to help each person to achieve his or her full potential by being a good coach.
So what does it take to be a good coach?
Obviously, coaching and being coached both take time and effort. But building a successful, high-performing shop is well worth the investment.