IMPROV coaching is the Slingshot Way of coaching. There are six competencies we have developed to affect the way people treat each other. And in the context of a church staff, if these competencies become a part of a church culture, it is likely that the national trend of high staff turnover will improve.
Let’s take a close look at the first IMPROV coaching competency.
“ Offering a carefully crafted compliment with a purpose that goes beyond the act itself”.
Precision Praise is more than a kind word– it’s a well-timed encouragement that has the power to speak life into someone. This intentional act can change the trajectory of someone’s story. Just think about a time in your life when someone praised you. The time when a teacher asked you to come up in front of the class to demonstrate your science project, or when you were praised for the way you treated a friend who needed encouragement.
Precision Praise is most dynamic when it’s specific. Most attempts to praise are too general — real praising requires specificity. Specifics will drive a “praise” much deeper into a person’s soul. General praise will not go beyond the room.
It’s easy to compliment someone, but Precision Praising takes it to the #nextlevel. When you use Precision Praising as a coach, you instill confidence and potentially speak truth into someone who may hold onto that praise for years to come. Precision Praisers are ready at a moment’s notice to praise. They do not over compliment. And they can see things as they can be, even in those moments when “it did not go well.” WARNING: Precision Praising avoids Flattery!
Developing the Precision Praising competency will enable you to:
- Infuse dynamic energy into the relationship
- Increase optimism about life in general
- Demonstrate genuine care for people in a practical way
- Increase the frequency and power of your compliments
- Positively affect the trajectory of a person’s life for years to come
In the book of Proverbs, we find excellent advice on Precision Praising. Here are just a few examples of scripture that bring truth into our praises:
The words of a good person are a deep, life-giving well.
The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed and those who help others are helped.
A person finds joy in giving an apt reply. How good is a timely word!
Worry weighs us down but a cheerful word picks us up. – Your cheerful word of praise replaces worry.
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,
good news makes for good health.
Five Team Values of Precision Praising
- Acknowledges a person’s contribution
- Brings positive energy in that moment to the team
- Causes the team to celebrate a “job well done”
- Causes fun, laughter and joy
- Transfers the credit to the other person (Which is huge leadership development opportunity)