The type of work we are doing, how work gets done and the working environment is changing rapidly. Here are just a few examples of how organizations and their leaders are being challenged;
- Everyone is being asked to do more with less
- New technology and rapidly changing systems require organizations to be more agile, innovative, responsive and adaptable
- There has been a tremendous shift from routine, repetitive measurable work, to work that involves critical thinking, analysis and creativity
These changes are putting increased pressure on leaders and managers to adapt and find new ways to lead that will bring about peak performance from individuals and teams. One approach that many organizations are turning to for help with these ever-increasing challenges is coaching.
How do you bring coaching in to your organization and have it embedded throughout the organization so that the skills are learned and then practiced in everyday situations? And how do you sustain this?
As with most things in life – there is not a one size fits all approach to bringing coaching in and having it disseminated throughout the organization. It can seem overwhelming to think about selecting a coaching program and then going about getting everyone trained. This can be especially daunting when you have multiple locations and/or a remote workforce.
We’ve worked with many different organizations in different industries. When coaching is implemented successfully we see certain commonalities. Here are some of the traits shared by those that have been successful in bringing coaching to their organization;
- The business need is clearly identified and coaching is a tool that is aligned with addressing those needs
- Clearly defined goals and objectives for the coaching program have been identified and communicated
- Coaching champions have been identified and are on-board. Champions are individuals with authority and influence who will act as coaching advocates and remove roadblocks. These are often members of senior leadership or HR/Learning and Development leaders or other appropriate individuals
- The training will be delivered in a format that is best suited for the organization, for example, on-site, remote or a blend. Delivery of the training will be efficient, cost-effective and convenient to maximize participation without putting undue hardships on participants or significantly disrupting business operations
- Regardless of how the training is delivered, successful organizations adopt a program that is aligned with their needs and culture. The program will have a framework that makes it easy to learn and easy to apply so that it can be consistently delivered with reproducible results.
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