Bad Ideas in Business Coaching
Business Coaching Should Help Individuals Propose Solutions by Themselves
When providing business coaching to a person you want them to come up with their own suggestions and ideas for solving problems and overcoming the issues which are holding them back or preventing them from fulfilling their maximum potential in the workplace. Business coaching is not about the coach providing all the answers like a training course, but instead aims to support individuals to largely determine solutions and come up with ideas and suggestions by themselves, as this will result in much greater motivation and determination to achieve them if the person feels that they are their ideas rather than being dictated to by managers.
Are There Any Bad Suggestions?
So what should the coach do when the person comes up with a bad idea or suggestion? Well, for starters, there are no real bad ideas or suggestions. A significant part of the business coaching process is getting the person to speak up with their own thoughts, as ultimately most managers would like employees who can take responsibility and sort out issues themselves without having to bother the manager with every little problem that they encounter. One of the hardest parts of a business coaching session is usually getting the person to offer their own thoughts for fear of being wrong. This means that the coach needs to do everything possible to facilitate and encourage the person to share their thoughts, which definitely means not telling them that they are wrong or screwing up their nose or anything like that!
Using Business Coaching to Analyse and Refine Suggestions
Along with the idea generation, another important element of business coaching is the process of analysing and refining suggestions, as once the person feels comfortable with this process they should hopefully do it for themselves in the workplace and become more self-sufficient than relying on their manager to tell them what to do all the time.
So when the person makes a suggestion in the meeting which the coach thinks is bad, rather than just saying so they should analyse, discuss and evaluate it with the person who should then reach the conclusion for themselves that the idea would not work as well as they originally thought.
When the key is idea generation and analysis, there are no bad ones, only opportunities for discussion.