Why Business Coaching Plans Need to Change and Evolve
Time and Business Coaching
The most successful programmes of business coaching are those which comprise many sessions at regular intervals over a long period of time, sometimes on an indefinite basis. This is because rather than just being given a load of information all at once as would be the case on a training course, business coaching typically involves the creation of action plans and regular evaluations of progress made, or not made, as the case may be.
In order for evaluation to be effective, sufficient time needs to pass in order for the person to be able to implement the changes which they and the business coach have discussed. There also needs to be a passage of time to determine not only how well the individual has managed to implement the changes, but also to view, analyse and assess the effectiveness of these changes in achieving goals which were also discussed and stated at the initial meeting between the coach and the coachee.
Business Coaching is a Long-Term Investment in Development
This shows why providing business coaching and mentoring facilities to employees, or even yourself for that matter if you are a manager or executive with the authority to arrange it, should be viewed as a long-term investment in development rather than a quick fix solution to problems or issues. This is one of the key differences between business coaching and training courses.
Changing Circumstances Often Require a Change in Plans/Targets
Implementing plans and assessing their effectiveness is crucial for progress, but it may be the case that as time progresses there is a change in circumstances which mean that the original targets and objectives which were developed during the initial meetings between the individual and the business coach are no longer relevant, or at least need modifying in accordance with the new situation. Reasons for this can include:
- A change in market conditions which requires the company to alter its strategy or operations
- A promotion (or demotion) for the individual which will obviously have an effect upon their responsibilities
- An unanticipated change in the individual's personal circumstances which has an impact upon their development, ability and/or motivation to implement any changes
Regular Reviews of Action Plans and Goals
The potential for unexpected changes for both the business and the individual concerned, not to mention a natural evolution of change in the business world as new opportunities, technology etc is introduced means that goals and methods of achieving them will need to be adapted and refined accordingly. As the programme of business coaching will likely be run over a long period of time, the coach and the individual need to be flexible and open to changes to the original plan rather than sticking rigidly to it come what may.