There seems to be a trend in business to provide coaching. But, what exactly is coaching? Whenever I tell people I coach, they ask me which sport I coach! Coaching does seem to have a strong foundation in sports although believe it or not that is not where it started. The idea of coaching was first tied to “carrying a student through an exam” at Oxford University in 1830. Coaching still relates to taking people from where they are to where they want to be. Coaching thus means to transport people from the now into the future.
In effect coaching is a form of meta-profession that can be used in any human endeavor. In the business and corporate world coaching is becoming more commonplace as business and executive coaching. Coaching is great for dealing with career transition, performance management, conflict management, strategic thinking and team building.
Research suggests that executive coaching has a positive impact on workplace performance. If one thinks about the nature of the business and corporate world where change is a constant then certainly the appeal of coaching makes sense.
Coaching is learning and development and this is something all of us will do throughout our careers. It helps us work towards specific professional goals and helps us deal with issues and challenges in our professional lives.
When a business engages a coach to work with its employees it is important to remember that everyone has to be on the same page. The coach, the coachee and the organization need to understand the reason for employing a coach as well as set joint expectations as to what the coaching process will lead to.
It is essential to keep in mind the fact that coaching is not corrective but rather explorative. So, even though there may be an agreed goal there is no fixed agenda. This might seem counterintuitive in a business or corporate setting where there is so very definitely an agenda. However, an organization should be viewed as a collection of individuals, individuals with their own emotions.
Coaching is vital for change. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. People are inherently resistant to change, it depends on their own experience. When we deal with organizational change, the cycle of resistance is very apparent. Employees experience feelings of frustration, fear and judgment when they are faced with change. This is where a coach can carry them and engage them to be part of the change process.
There are many benefits for the individual where coaching is concerned, according to the Coach Federation these include 80% improved self-confidence, 73% improved relationships and 72% improved communication skills.
Some of the benefits that the organization experiences with regard to coaching include 70% improved work performance and an 86% return on investment.
Coaching is a powerful tool. We know that emotions drive people, and that people drive performance. Coaching makes sense to help people in the ever-changing business world.
About the author:
Lize Rech, is a Language Partner at Dynamic Language and holds a BA Education and BA (Hons) in TESOL. She has over 19 years experience as an educator, working with all ages. Lize has extensive experience designing language programs and teaching English and German to corporate clients in the Middle East.Back to Blog