Logical Steps in Business Coaching Sessions
Time Necessitates the Need for Logical Steps During the Coaching
Business coaching meetings need to have a broadly defined positive outcome to enable the session to stay on track and focus on the specific issues at hand. This is because the time available for the coach and the individual to spend together is often extremely limited, meaning that there is simply not the time available to go off topic and talk about unrelated matters.
It is important though to allow some degree of flexibility, as it is largely an informal idea generation session to create action plans and goals to overcoming barriers. This means that there may be numerous suggestions and discussions which have the potential to lead the session off at a tangent. However whilst the coach needs to keep the session on track, it should not be so rigid or so defined that the coach/manager has already decided what should be done and are only going through the motions of a coaching session to give the impression that they value the employee's input, where in actual fact they have already made a decision and could just give a command and save both them and the employee time.
So whilst the sessions cannot be too rigid and consist primarily of the manager talking at the employee rather than to them, they do need to have some sort of structure in order to achieve the desired outcome. To do this there should be logical steps to the meeting or meetings rather than jumping about, as there is little point in discussing a problem after a solution or the goals for rectifying the situation have been determined.
Why is an Experienced Business Coach So Valuable?
An experienced and highly qualified business coach will have the knack of finding the right balance between too much and too little input into the coaching sessions. They will need to provide some input, as if the individual already knew exactly what to do to achieve their goals then they could simply get on with it without the need for business coaching, but will avoid too much interference so that the person comes up with a lot of the ideas themselves, allowing them to take more ownership of the action plans. Good business coaches act more as a guide, steering the sessions in the necessary directions, rather than a training course tutor who teaches attendees all of the information which will later be required in an assessment.
Although likely to follow similar patterns, each and every coaching session will be different. Whether coaching for individual executives struggling with their intense responsibilities, performing a team development programme or attempting to raise the performance and commitment levels of an individual employee, each coaching session will be unique and shaped by the personal characteristics of those being coached, not to mention their particular requirements according to the industry in which they work in and the job role that they are expected to perform by their manager.
As with many professions, training courses and study will make a person knowledgeable about the subject and how to go about it in theory, but without actual experience in the real world they are highly unlikely to be as effective. Coaching and mentoring is no different, which is why not only are our business coaches here at the BCF Group highly trained, but they also have many years' of experience in providing business coaching and mentoring sessions of various formats to teams and individuals in many different industries. For more information, please contact us online or call us on 0844 800 3295.