As part of the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge Women’s Week celebration, I signed up to take the “Yoga for Prosperity” series at Agame Yoga and Meditation Center with gifted teacher Amy Pickholtz. It is based on the teachings of Kundalini Yoga, specifically Yogi Bajhan. In yesterday’s class, Amy told us that Yogi Bajhan always said that “To prosper, you must help others prosper”.
I think I’ve always known this but for the last 24 hours, I’ve really given it some thought. I definitely see it in action in the lives, careers and work of my coaching mentors/teachers, Michele Woodward and Pam Slim*.
And, I realize this philosophy is the basis of my beliefs regarding performance management. Really successful managers focus a lot of energy on making their employees prosper.
I experienced it working for Mike, a pretty good developer of people. Even though our workloads were heavy and our travel schedules full, Mike always managed to provide feedback – both formal and informal – to me and the rest of the team. I think I once had my annual review in a Baskin-Robbins located in a gas station on I-20 in Alabama! Like I said, we stayed crazy busy but that performance discussion did happen. In addition, he was fully supportive of his employees’ training and development interests. Over time, I saw that Mike’s reputation as an employee developer was known beyond our group, because others in the company regularly asked to join our team in order to work for him.
To help supervisors and managers cultivate this same kind of reputation, I’ve created the “Becoming a Better Performance Manager Series”. The first workshop in the series – The Basics – is scheduling now. Find more information at: http://www.laurawolfephd.com/workshop-the-basics.html. Workshop #2 – Employee Development – will be available in January 2012. Each session will provide supervisors and managers with knowledge, tools, and ultimately ability and confidence to better manage employee performance; that is, to help employees prosper.
Becoming a Better Performance Manager Series:
- The Basics
- Employee Development
- Using Job Descriptions for Great Performance
- Manager as Mentor/Coach
- Emotional Intelligence
- Results-based Management
- Latest Research/Newest Thinking
* It was in Pam Slim’s Power Teaching class that this series of workshops was born.