facets of life. Whether be to help a friend, improve yourself, or to create an effective work environment. Communication skills to a strong leadership presence are needed as a coach and as an employee. The workplace parallels with sports more than one would think. Here are few techniques that can be carried from the court to the workforce.

1. Relationship Building

It is much easier to learn and respect someone that your trust as an individual. A strong relationship with a coach and a strong relationship with a coworker or manager can be effective when creating a harmonious work environment. Coaches must show good judgment, patience and follow through on promises. All of which play a part in co-worker relationships.


2. Strategize
If you are in a position that requires delegating roles in a work force, strategize your team accordingly. As a coach would put specific players in roles which would cater to their strengths, the same applies for those in roles at work. When a manager or supervisor puts an employee in a position that plays to their strengths, it shows that they see where that employee will succeed the most at.


3. Challenge your Team

Thinking about thinking is a dire part of any coaching process. Many times, coaches ask open-ended questions to make their players think more critically about specific situations. Coaches also make their team think of alternate solutions which directly translates to problem-solving in the workplace. Always challenge your team on the field or in the office to push them outside of the comfort zone.


  1. Communication

Appropriate communication in appropriate situations is key in coaching and when in the workplace. When at work, you must have the skill to mold your communication style to whoever you are talking to. The same directly applied to a coaching communicating to their team. Communication takes into consideration word choice, tone and even personal space are all factors that play a part in both coaching and workplace communication.


  1. Praise

When a team player makes a goal or a coworker overachieves a goal, it is important to give praise to those individuals. Credit is due when a team player goes above the expected. It shows you value their time and efforts to push the team or organization forward. Praise also confirms the expected behavior of individuals and also serves as motivators to others to work more.