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Following Through on What is Said in the Business Coaching Session
Following Through With Action Plans Discussed in the Coaching Session(s)
A highly significant part of adding credibility to any business coaching session is the following through on what is said during the meeting(s). This is true of both sides, i.e. the business coach themselves and the person or employee receiving the coaching.
As far as the employee is concerned, if they do not take the time and make the effort to put into practice what was discussed during the session, the whole process will have largely been a waste of time and money.
If action plans which were thought out and created are not implemented, the person will not change or overcome any of the issues which are preventing them from fulfilling and maximising their potential in the workplace.
As stated in the opening paragraph however, following through is not all down to the individual receiving the coaching. If a manager provides business coaching to one or more of their staff members and part of the action plan involves the provision of factors such as additional training or support which is promised but is then not provided when back in the workplace, again the actual coaching session will largely have been a pointless exercise as the action plans cannot be put into practice.
Why Might Plans of Action Not be Followed Through?
This lack of action after a business coaching session can occur for a number of reasons including:
- A lack of motivation, usually from the worker but sometimes from the manager, to act upon what was discussed in the session and make the necessary changes.
- Financial constraints. The individual may require additional support or to attend training courses like a first line management course but if there is no money available to spend on training then the worker may have to go without until there is a budget available, which will halt their development in the meantime.
- Time constraints. Even if there is a clear desire from both sides to embrace the changes, engage in any additional steps such as training and there is money available, it may be the case that a big order to fulfil means the employee simply cannot be spared the time needed. They may be required to spend all of their time at work in ensuring the achievement of the task, in which case changes and development will have to wait until afterwards.