• James Walton

The 1st Step in Coaching Your Team

Updated: Mar 1, 2021

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Strong leaders prioritize the development of the people on their team through coaching.

And the first step to coaching your people well is to nurture a relationship with them. Here's a few thoughts on how to develop a healthy relationship that can lead to effective coaching.

Commit to a rigorously adhered-to schedule of 1:1s.

These 30 minute, weekly meetings are the highest leverage point a manager has. From these, connection is built, communication pathways are established, and trust is formed.

Listen well.

If someone mentions a sick relative, follow up and ask how they're doing. Look for moments of humanity in the midst of the pressures of work, and make space for discussing non-work related things. By remembering their areas of interest, you'll shorten the distance between you and trust.

Communicate clearly.

Relationships are a function of time and trust. And trust is function of clear communication. When you speak, make a point to be clear and concise.

Coaching is built on relationships. And relationships are built on time and trust. Invest time to develop trust to increase effectiveness.


At Trellis Group, we believe chaos is the enemy of the small business. It's our mission to partner with small business owners and their teams to develop the managerial practices and processes to crush chaos.

If you feel overwhelmed and need a proven system to focus on the next best thing, we can help. Companies who work with us see revenues go up, anxiety go down, and work becomes a force multiplier for good in the lives of your people.

Reach out to discover how the Trellis Group can help you crush chaos.


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