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Similarities of Business Coaching and Sports Coaching

"Coaching" Applies to Many Different Groups

When people hear the term "coaching", the vast majority will think of sports coaches who teach, motivate and inspire their players in order to get them to achieve more on the field. In fact, business coaching is not too dissimilar to sports coaching in that the coach is the manager, and the players are the workers that the manager has responsibility for and relies on to complete various tasks. Just like the sports coach needs the players to perform to keep him/her in a job, the manager of a business also needs their employees to perform and achieve targets; otherwise the manager may face the risk of getting the sack.


Using Tools in Sports Coaching

As well as motivating the players, a good sports coach will also use various coaching tools to help them achieve this. These tools include things like setting goals and performance plans, conducting periodic performance reviews and providing feedback - including constructive criticism - on the player's performance in training and in the actual matches themselves. Again, just like the sports coach, a business coach can help set goals and targets for an individual or team within the business, and conduct regular reviews to see how they are progressing and working towards achieving those targets. They may also provide feedback and further instruction if the team or individual are falling short of expectations.


Identifying Skills Needs with Coaching

If a sports coach identifies skill sets where they feel the player could improve upon, they will introduce activities in their training programme to improve those skills. Similarly, a business coach or manager will place employees on relevant training courses which focus on specific areas in which the manager believes the employee(s) could improve. When they gain these skills, they should become a more effective employee, just as a sports player will become more effective on the field.



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Related Courses

Please see below for some business coaching courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

ILM Level 7 Qualifications in Executive Coaching and Mentoring

The ILM Level 7 Qualifications in Executive Coaching and Mentoring are designed for senior leaders/managers (or those working in a training and development role) who are regularly coaching or mentoring at a senior level.

It is for those executive coaches who wish to accredit, validate or enhance their skills with an internationally-recognised executive coaching qualification.

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ILM Level 5 Qualifications in Coaching and Mentoring

Based on our extensive work and experience with leaders, both in the private and public sectors, this ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring programme has been designed to develop the capability of leaders to positively impact the performance of individuals and teams.

This programme has been created to sharpen a leader's skills - enabling them to balance control, commitment and empowerment through productive conversations with individuals and teams.

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Master Coaching Diploma from the BCF Group

This course enables participants to develop their understanding of executive coaching and mentoring, to explore the underpinning psychological theories of coaching and to practise and apply their skills within a non-directive, non-judgemental framework.

At the BCF Group, we use a powerful blend of coaching concepts and practical skills-based development to support the enhancement of executive coaching and leadership mentoring skills in an organisation.

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Advanced Coaching Certificate from the BCF Group

Based on our extensive work and experience with leaders, both in the private and public sectors; this course has been designed to develop the capability of leaders to positively impact the performance of individuals and teams. We are experts at unlocking peak performance.

Coaching and mentoring improves relationships, performance and engagement. This programme has been created to sharpen a leader's skills - enabling them to balance control, commitment and empowerment through productive conversations with individuals and teams.

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