Using an external professional coach to improve specific areas of performance is one of the quickest ways to get positive results in mindset and behaviour
What is Coaching?
Coaching can be done individually, as groups, or as whole teams, depending on the situation and it is important that the coach is properly trained and follows the ethical standards set by the International Coaching Federation.
These days coaching is usually delivered over an online platform such as Zoom, Skype or MS Teams directly to the coaches as a set appointment with a strict cancellation policy and sessions can be as short as 30 minutes (for regular coaching sessions) or up to 90 minutes. About 50 minutes is the most common appointment time and is usually set up as a package that includes email and phone support. Packages range from a minimum of three to 10 sessions depending on how many issues and areas the coachee initially presents with and are spread out to suit the urgency and need. Once a fortnight or once a month is common for spacing to allow the coachee to put into practice what they have decided to try and report back on progress.
The coach aims to make themselves redundant as the coachee develops their skills and confidence so it is usually set up over a specific time frame which may be in a short six weeks, or as long as six months, rarely would it be for a whole year.
Learnt more about myself and challenges for my teamFeb 2018
Setting up an organisational contract
With organisational coaching, the client is often HR, OD, or a leader who does the engagement, and the coachee is the subject undertaking the coaching. My relationship regarding disclosure and confidentiality is defined in the coaching contract. The coachee has clear rights to privacy and respect for confidentiality. Reports back to HR or the organisation are about attendance and progress without specific details.
The GROW formula is the most common method followed. With the coaches help the client or coachee sets the goal (usually using SMART) and then this desired state/situation is then contrasted with the current state/situation to establish what is needed to fill the gap. Options are generated by the coachee and broken down into doable actions for them to attempt and their progress is tracked. Having a series of coaching sessions develop individual accountability and fast tracks employees learning and skills.
I like Louise’s ability to get to the core of an issue.May 2019
Types of Coaching Techniques
There are many well-known coaching techniques and I am trained in Gestalt, Organisational, Executive and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) coaching. I can also offer hypnotherapy for some situations if appropriate. An example of how NLP can help in the workplace is fear of public speaking. I can set ‘anchors’ to instil feelings of confidence, pleasure and ease in being asked to give a public presentation.
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