What is Coaching
Coaching, in the business context, is about helping an individual to firstly identify personal, career or business goals, and then identify and prioritise the appropriate actions that will enable them to achieve their goals resulting in the desired outcomes.
Coaching concentrates on where the individual is now, and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future. The coaching focuses on the individual’s personal and organisational life as it relates to goal setting, outcome creation and personal change management.
How does Coaching work
There are five main steps in the coaching cycle:
The coach will guide the coachee back and forth through the different steps of the process as appropriate.
Who is Coaching for
THE COACHING PROCESS
For first time coachees, typically they will meet with the coach three to six times, for anything from 30 – 90 minutes at a time. The coaching process generally takes place over a number of weeks or months, depending on the time frame set by the coachee to achieve their goals.
Contracting with a Coachee
The coachee has an initial matching meeting with the proposed coach to share what they are looking to achieve through the coaching process and so get a sense of each other and decide if they would like to work together. This meeting is not included in the coaching hours, and is designed purely to ensure that they coachee and coach are comfortable to work together.
Duration and frequency of coaching sessions
Tools and Questionnaires
The coach will often have a range of different tools that they can share with the coachee to help with their action taking. The coach may also recommend the use of a personality questionnaire or similar. Where there is a cost associated with any of these tools, the coach will share this with the coachee before proceeding with the use of the questionnaire.
The coach will check in with the coachee at the end of the agreed coaching process to evaluate the effectiveness of the approach.