Casting a Critical Eye on Coaching must-read article on executive coaching in Chief Learning Officer magazine. This strongly supports everything we know to be true about coaching in organizations and thus our methodology and approach.
Their short story: There are proven benefits to coaching as a leadership development tool if engagements are structured, transparent and their effectiveness measured.
Our short story:
- The coach is only as good as the players’ readiness, willingness and ability to shift and grow. Coaching is best used to help good people be great, not to stabilize the “problem people.”
- The goals for coaching must be crystal clear for coach, client and organization to know if it has been successful.
- Coaching is an extremely broad and multi-purpose tool – like a Swiss army knife – and the task at hand must be clearly defined so the right tool can be deployed. And as great as a Swiss Army Knife is, sometimes you need a wrench, meaning: coaching is not right for everyone all of the time.
- There are ways for the correct people in the organization to get good information about the coaching without betraying confidentiality. It takes a little work and a lot of finesse – for more information on this go to Ace Coaching Alliances.
We have devoted our lives to coaching and we are thrilled that the information about how to best leverage it in organizations is becoming more and more clear!