The Importance of Checkpoints During Business Coaching and Development
Business Coaching Goals
We have already seen how important it is in the business coaching process to set specific development goals and targets, in the article entitled "Development Goals and Business Coaching". A failure to determine any objectives, or even ones which are too general and not specific, will make it hard or impossible to measure success and progress as the person implements what has been discussed during their business coaching sessions.
Why are Regular Checkpoints and Progress Meetings Important?
Rather than waiting to the end (if indeed there ever is an end to their sessions with the business coach, with many people, especially executives, choosing to receive executive coaching indefinitely), it is extremely useful and necessary if a person truly wishes to develop, to introduce checkpoints at regular intervals.
With business coaching and training provided over a long period of time, it is important that regular progress checks are made and meetings scheduled between the business coach and the coachee. Not only will these sessions evaluate the progress which the individual has made since the last coaching session, but it can also highlight any requirement for a change in tactics or development plan.
Circumstances and even job roles can change since the introduction and creation of the original plan, and it may be the case that an entirely new set of goals and objectives need to be drawn up to better suit the new requirements and demands which the altered situation has placed upon the individual.
Checkpoints Can Act as Motivators
In fact, without checkpoints and regular progress evaluation sessions, an individual will primarily be left to their own devices and will often not bother or soon forget to implement any recommended changes, and will simply slip back into their previous ways of doing things. If this happens, there will have been very little point in providing them with business coaching and/or training in the first place.
Whilst checkpoints and progress meetings can be good for evaluating progress, they can also serve as a motivational tool for the individual actively working towards achieving their set targets when they know that they will have to discuss and report on their achievements soon with the business coach. If they go along to the session and have to explain that they have not even tried to implement any of the suggestions then it will result in a very awkward and embarrassing session for them!
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