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1 = Strongly Disagree      5 = Strongly Agree

Positive Coaching Mindset

1 I intentionally look for the positive in people and situations. %QUESTION_ANSWER_34%
2 I seek unfiltered truth from my team about my coaching to prevent blind spots. %QUESTION_ANSWER_35%
3 I create mental space for my own reflection and planning. %QUESTION_ANSWER_41%
4 Connect with your team by finding common ground %QUESTION_ANSWER_42%
5 Help your team connect with each other. %QUESTION_ANSWER_43%
6 Invest in others to build future leaders and better lives for them. %QUESTION_ANSWER_44%
7 Convert your values into observable behaviors to bring them to life. %QUESTION_ANSWER_45%
8 Pour a strong foundation of values before you build a house to lead in. %QUESTION_ANSWER_46%
9 Your values are reflected in your daily decisions, so your calendar and your budget are good reflections of your values. %QUESTION_ANSWER_47%
10 Your emotions and reactions are highly contagious, for better or for worse. %QUESTION_ANSWER_48%
11 Journal about what you are feeling to help see your emotions more clearly %QUESTION_ANSWER_49%
12 Demonstrate empathy to help navigate challenging coaching discussions. %QUESTION_ANSWER_50%
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Positive Coaching Habits

13 I proactively communicate our goals, plans, roles and rewards to my team. %QUESTION_ANSWER_51%
14 After meetings and conversations, I ensure all parties agree on what needs to be done, when it needs to be done and by whom. %QUESTION_ANSWER_52%
15 I explain why I am asking an employee to perform a task or project. %QUESTION_ANSWER_53%
16 I help ensure my team is always learning by debriefing with them after interactions, meetings, presentations, project milestones, etc. %QUESTION_ANSWER_54%
17 I specifically think of the purpose of my question before I ask it. %QUESTION_ANSWER_55%
18 After I ask a question, I always keep silent to allow the other party to reply. %QUESTION_ANSWER_56%
19 I consciously manage the manner in which I ask questions to ensure the appropriate tone. %QUESTION_ANSWER_57%
20 I give my team the opportunity to review their calendars and priorities before they commit to a deadline. %QUESTION_ANSWER_58%
21 I try to understand my team’s work processes and challenges. %QUESTION_ANSWER_59%
22 I consistently ask for my team’s input on how to improve work processes and reduce waste. %QUESTION_ANSWER_60%
23 When I coach team members, I confirm they can demonstrate the desired behavior. %QUESTION_ANSWER_61%
24 I encourage my team to generate lots of ideas even if they are not all great ideas. %QUESTION_ANSWER_62%
25 Each team member knows exactly how our team metrics connect to his/her job. %QUESTION_ANSWER_63%
26 I measure the few things that make the biggest difference for our team. %QUESTION_ANSWER_64%
27 I measure financial, customer, process and people aspects of my team’s performance. %QUESTION_ANSWER_65%
28 I systematically measure my team’s results and their behavior to achieve results. %QUESTION_ANSWER_66%
29 I look for positive performance to recognize. %QUESTION_ANSWER_67%
30 When I appreciate a team member’s performance I am specific about what he/she did well. %QUESTION_ANSWER_68%
31 I am very intentional about learning something new about each employee. %QUESTION_ANSWER_69%
32 In our daily interactions, I encourage my team. %QUESTION_ANSWER_70%
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Your Score:




Positive Coaching
Positive Coaching
Winning Results

Interpreting Your Results


You are inspiring winning results and relationships! Keep leading from the inside out — managing your coaching mindset first, then your coaching habits.

721 – 2,880

Look at your lowest score. If you have any room at all to improve your coaching mindset start there since it has a multiplier effect on your ability to inspire winning results and relationships. Once you hone your coaching mindset, then identify your lowest scoring coaching habit to improve.

720 and below

Leadership is an inside job. Since your scores were below average, read (or re-read) the Positive Coaching Mindset chapters in The Power of Positive Coaching that correspond to your lowest rated areas. Identify an area where you are motivated to improve, and it will make a real difference in your mindset. Take baby steps by improving just one area at a time. Next, focus on one area to improve for 30 days before you move onto the next area.

When you come back to take the assessment again, be encouraged knowing that a small improvement in your mindset will have a multiplier effect on your overall score.

The Power of Positive Coaching

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Positive Mindset and Habits

Inspiring winning results and relationships is a two-dimensional challenge that involves a positive coaching mindset and positive coaching habits. Having either one is not sufficient to equip leaders to coach effectively and inspire their teams optimally. Most coaching books and workshops focus on skills and habits, which are essential. You can perform all the right skills, but without the right mindset those skills and habits will not yield the response and results you want from your team. On the other hand, the right mindset is crucial, but without corresponding coaching habits, you will never see that mindset translated into coaching behaviors. A positive coaching mindset and positive coaching habits go hand in hand, and they have more than a proportional relationship. Your coaching mindset has a multiplier effect on your coaching habits. This relationship between mindset and habits can be expressed in a simple equation:

Positive Coaching Mindset x Positive Coaching Habits = Winning Results and Relationships

Business coaching is an inside job. It starts with your knowledge and clarity of who you are, then it emanates outward to your coaching skills and habits. In the first part of this book we will discuss the four levels of knowledge that build a positive coaching mindset. Your mindset will either limit or expand the possibilities and results you will achieve by applying the coaching habits, that’s why we will address your mindset first. Next, we will outline the five positive coaching habits, the skillset, with supporting tools for each one. Equipped with a positive coaching mindset and positive coaching habits, you can inspire winning results and relationships.

Investing in your team produces a positive return on investment, just like the interest you earn on a financial investment. And like a financial investment, your investment in others compounds over time. Start investing in your team today. Every day you miss is a performance loss that you cannot recoup. In the words of Zig Ziglar, an inspiring coach to millions, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” So, let’s get started.

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