In looking at coaching advantages we start with the 'challenge' that coaching is targeted to solve.
The CIPD’s latest Employee Outlook survey outlines that that 72% of employers report a lack of leadership and management skills and that managers need to look in the mirror if they want to get the best out of their people.
Coaching achieves this and has been proven time and time again to be one of the most effective approaches for development. The returns are well worth the investment.
It is an approach which allows coachees to learn from their experience, teaches them to self-evaluate, helps them improve their skills and equips them with invaluable tools for the future.
The activities involved in coaching are tailored to specific goals, individual, business and organisational, in order achieve higher performance in the workplace as individuals and as teams.
The tried and tested method of one-to-one coaching enables the identification of core strengths and the development of vital skills. The self-awareness that is gained and developed through the use of this technique leads to better decision-making, more effective time management and greater efficiency. It enables individuals to view business and personal challenges in a different light, and to make the most of the opportunities they present.
Team coaching accelerates cohesion and learning. It helps build supporting relationships within the team; it provides a shared environment for clear focus and understanding of the goals and the needs of the business for which they are accountable. Team coaching enables effective solutions to particular challenges that need to be dealt with outside the day-to-day environment. It provides action-oriented development for the team and is based around addressing key issues, achieving real results for both the team and the organisation.
The objectivity of a coach is a tremendous advantage; they are easily able to identify gaps in skillsets and resources and to enable teams and individuals to reach their full potential. In turn, the value these teams and individuals add to business can be hugely significant. Coaching is used to address a wide range of issues, and it is of particular benefit during times of business transformation or where increasing or changing workloads require a shift in thinking and management style.
Coaching is an activity from which the rewards and benefits can be reaped quickly. But it is essential to find the right coach for your business in order to maximise the coaching advantages. Make sure your coach is affiliated to one of the key Coaching associateions such as the ICF or the Association for Coaching and has the relevant expertise to help your business.