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One of the bigger 21st Century trends in learning and development is the increased use of coaching as a core component of development programmes. There are several reasons for this:
It is probably worth noting that there is quite a difference between mentoring and coaching even though many people use both words as if they are synonyms.
Mentors are skilled practitioners in their specialist domain and can show you and tell you what are the best practices to adopt. Mentoring is a directive process. Your mentor needs to know more than you do about your work.
Coaches on the other hand ask questions that reveal your own knowledge and support you to make your own decisions. Coaching is a facilitative process. Your coach doesn’t need to know anything about your work, but needs to be expert in the coaching process itself.
Our own research* tells us that effective coaching doubles the effort made post-workshop to change workplace practices, and multiplies impact as improved results by 2.5 times.
Our own experience in supporting leaders to develop is that they need the help of a coach to set aside their operational roles from time to time in order to step out changes to their leadership practice. This is particularly so for CEOs and Senior Management Team (SMT) members with large, and sometimes lonely, roles that include board support, championing values and change, internal and external visibility, team governance and leadership, and operational oversight.
There is a great deal written about the role of coaching in bringing out the best in us. This includes studies and observations made by researchers and coaches, as well as testimonials by those who have been successfully coached towards greater outcomes.
The weight of evidence is that coaching really does work, but it can be very expensive and doesn’t always achieve as much as it could.
Here are a few tips to help reduce coaching costs and improve its effectiveness:
If you would like to discuss accessing an external coach and/or providing coaching skills training for your line managers, we can help. Call Kyran or Nicky on 0508 ODI ODI (0508 634 634) or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
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