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Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

2 hours to complete

Course Introduction & What is Coaching?

This module defines coaching as well as the 4 other roles modern managers are expected to play in their organizations: leader, manager, mentor, and trainer. Many examples are provided to help illustrate each role and common pitfalls associated with the overuse of each role will be covered. The module wraps up with a comparison of all the roles managers have and then asks you to identify and explain why you would go to one role over another in particular situations.

8 videos (Total 48 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Manager as Leader Defined7m
Manager as Manager Defined8m
Manager as Mentor Defined7m
Manager as Trainer Defined6m
Roles Compared6m
3 readings
A Note from UC Davis10m
Know When to Manage and When to Coach20m
Coaching versus Mentoring versus Leading versus Managing15m
1 practice exercise
Role Selection15m
2 hours to complete

Why Managers Must Develop Basic Coaching Skills

This module covers the many influences on the manager role and how managing and coaching should work together. We'll also discuss why managers are necessary to organizations, and why so many managers don't coach. This module features a great reading on the importance of managers to Google and wraps up with another quiz to check your understanding of the material.

5 videos (Total 39 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Coaching and the Manager Role5m
Why Managers Don't Coach9m
2 readings
How Google Sold Its Engineers on Management30m
Audio Podcast: Managers and Emotional Responsibility21m
1 practice exercise
Basic Coaching Skills15m
3 hours to complete

Points of View of Leadership

This module is all about exploring how your life experiences influence your management approach. In lesson 3, you'll learn how to differentiate between facts about experiences in your life and the stories you tell yourself about those facts, identify your own point of view in a situation, and analyze how that may influence decisions you make. And in lesson 4, we'll discuss the interrelationship between point of view and belief systems and introduce you to the Thought Model.

9 videos (Total 63 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
9 videos
Manager's Point of View10m
Managing and Your Point of View6m
Point of View and Belief Systems6m
Thought Model Part 1: Circumstances, Thoughts, and Feelings7m
Thought Model Part 2: Actions and Results9m
Differences Between Your Thoughts and the Facts5m
3 readings
Leadership Coaching35m
Ladder of Inference10m
Video: Coaching Frame of Mind10m
3 practice exercises
Points of View15m
Thought Model (Practice)10m
Thought Model (Required)30m
3 hours to complete

Course Peer Review Assignment

Now that you're familiar with the Thought Model, this final module is devoted to you practicing how to use the Thought Model in the final course peer review. This activity asks you to reflect on everything you've learned in the course and apply the Thought Model to a situation occurring in your life.

3 videos (Total 11 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
1 reading
Course Webinars10m
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By EMNov 18th 2017

A great course for the beginners. The videos are short and easy to comprehend. The slides can be downloaded in PDF - i find it very convenient as i can share some of those slides with my colleagues.

By PMDec 10th 2018

Very practical basics for all managers with some knowledge how to lead a team, but without big picture and background principles. I will use it for all my people willing to start with management.



Kris Plachy

CEO and Founder & Instructor, Leadership Coach, LLC &
UC Davis Division of Continuing and Professional Education

About University of California, Davis

UC Davis, one of the nation’s top-ranked research universities, is a global leader in agriculture, veterinary medicine, sustainability, environmental and biological sciences, and technology. With four colleges and six professional schools, UC Davis and its students and alumni are known for their academic excellence, meaningful public service and profound international impact....

About the Coaching Skills for Managers Specialization

In this Specialization, you will learn the essential skills to coach people for improved performance. You will learn from Executive Coach and UC Davis Instructor Kris Plachy, who has created and transformed dozens of teams through coaching. She will share best practices, research, tools and models for coaching effectively. You will learn how effective managers use coaching to establish clear expectations and accountability, how to assess performance, and how to conduct coaching conversations that build awareness and get results. Throughout the courses, you will apply insights about management and coaching to develop your own coaching practice and tools....
Coaching Skills for Managers

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  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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