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Making Use of Business Coaching and Training Courses Together
A lot of managers think that they have to choose between engaging the services of a business coach to provide business coaching sessions with their employee(s), or putting them onto a training course. Although this may sometimes be done out of necessity due to either budget or time constraints, often it is because the manager believes that one or the other will suffice. Whilst they share similar objectives in terms of developing people and enabling them to be more effective in their job role, business coaching and training courses achieve this goal in two very different ways.
Business Coaching and Executive Coaching
Instead of teaching an individual new information as is the case on a traditional training course with a tutor, business coaching and executive coaching sessions usually take the form of one-to-one meetings between the person and the coach, during which all or some of the following is discussed, depending upon which stage the sessions are at:
- The issues and current circumstances which are holding the employee back from maximising their potential and reaching their full effectiveness in their job role.
- Once these reasons have been established and discussed, action plans can be created in a joint collaboration between the business coach and the coachee, where goals and objectives are determined, the method in which they will be achieved, and perhaps most importantly of all, why it needs to happen. Rather than the coach simply telling the person what to do, they will engage the individual and ensure that they are a major contributor and take the lead in this important process in order for them to take ownership of the plan and increase their "buy-in" to the task. By doing so, the probability of successfully achieving the goals is significantly increased rather than the person having to implement a plan which has simply been dictated to them.
- A review of how successful the person has been in putting the changes into practice and what levels of success or otherwise they have achieved. If they have not been making much progress, it may be the case that the goals and objectives need to be refined and further developed.
- If they have been successful in implementing changes, evaluating how well those changes have been in achieving the original goals which were set such as to increase their effectiveness in the job role. Evaluation and reviews are a vital component of the business coaching process.
Whilst executive coaching and business coaching sessions are centred primarily around discussions and action plans, unlike training courses they do not teach any new information or refresh existing knowledge. Training courses are available on a wide variety of topics like health and safety training, management training, employment law, sales skills... the list is endless, but the information which they provide to attending delegates can be detailed and highly beneficial for their current and any future workplace requirements.
Combining Business Coaching and Training Courses
So whilst it can be seen how providing one or the other can be beneficial, utilising the benefits of both in unison will often result in a highly knowledgeable and highly effective worker who can provide tremendous benefits for the organisation and the achievement of its objectives.