TRIPLE III TIME: You? Me? … A Job Coach!
It is always interesting and intriguing to witness the different occupations that evolve in our new world-of-work…and in the world of entrepreneurship! You know what I mean: Web Designer-to-Curriculum Specialist or Podcast Producer-to-Organic Foods Grower. Well for this weeks TRIPLE III TIME message we are going to ask: What are the qualifications to be a good…no a GREAT Job Coach.
Just as a common starting spot, here is a brief Job Coach definition:
“Job coaching refers to training of an employee by an approved specialist, who uses structured intervention techniques to help the employee learn to perform tasks to the employer’s specifications and to learn the interpersonal skills necessary to be accepted as a worker at the job site and in related community.”
Next, think about who you know/remember that would be considered a GREAT Job Coach. Well my first thought is my Dad….but he was a GREAT motivator…but not someone I would classify as a Job Coach. Likewise, as I think about others that have influenced me as a professional over time…all seem to have more specific leadership traits…but not the combination of skills to specialize in Job Coaching.
If you spend a little extra time and analyze the role of a pure Job Coach…you realize you have to focus primarily on the person…and not the job they retain. Actions like communication, goal-setting, and personal evaluation would be at the top of my list for effective Job Coaching. Setting priorities, multi-tasking and example setting would also be professional development topics appropriate for discussion by a Job Coach.
BOTTOMLINE: I believe we all play the important role of Job Coach for someone everyday…EVERYDAY. Whether it is for a child, a co-worker, a friend, a student, a colleague and/or yes even a boss…saying something that needs to be said…offering words of encouragement/advice…explaining difficult situations…or offering suggestions on future advancements…are all high quality Job Coach actions.
Finally, GREAT Job Coaching is a life-long learning skill…so keep on learning!