In the last two blogs we explored coaching questions for different types of conversations. Here we will simply share a varied selection of coaching questions that can be used in different types of workplace conversations.
- What is your ideal career path here?
- What will it take to get there?
- What do you do well?
- What do you want to do differently?
- Recognizing that there are outside obligations that impact timeliness and that timeliness is required, how will you ensure you are on time?
- What is your awareness of the impact you have on the team? Add to this as appropriate. For example: “The input I am getting and observing myself is that … (insert comments here). How to you want to address that?”
- Given the requirements and expectations for your job and that you are not currently meeting them, how do you want to bridge the gap?
- Given that addressing … (insert comments here) is an expectation for success here, what is your understanding of the implications if you do not address it?
- What happens if you do address it?
- What is your choice?
- It is my goal to help you move forward in the direction you choose. Do you prefer to find a different job, or do you want to bridge the performance gap and be successful in this position?
- What resources do you have?
- What resources do you want?
- What resources will you use?
- What are your action steps?
- When will you take them?
- Describe your ideal outcome.
These questions may be helpful in positive or challenging conversations depending on the specific circumstances. Worth noting is that during coach training, the importance of short, simple, open-ended questions starting primarily with the words ‘what’ or ‘how’ is emphasized.