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Business Coaching

Are you looking to provide coaching and mentoring to your colleagues?

Our business coaching courses and qualifications are designed to give you the practical tools and knowledge to become an effective business coach of others.

We have a range of accredited and non-accredited business coaching qualifications available. Courses can be taken online, in-person or as a blended bespoke course that could include a mixture of delivery methods.

For an employer, there are several advantages of having coaches who can provide effective coaching and mentoring to others.

It helps to develop a coaching and mentoring culture and that can deliver higher productivity and morale, a boost to idea generation and creativity, more effective teamwork, and lower staff turnover and absenteeism.

Whatever your business coaching needs, whatever your experience or confidence levels, we have a course for you.

ILM Level 7 Qualifications for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors

If you are regularly coaching and mentoring at a senior level and want to enhance, accredit and validate your skills, the ILM Level 7 for Senior Level Coaches and mentors is the course for you.

ILM Level 7 Qualifications
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ILM Level 5 Qualifications in Effective Coaching and Mentoring

The ILM 5 accredited coaching and mentoring qualification is designed for all tiers of director, management and supervisory level, or indeed anyone involved in people development.

ILM Level 5 Qualifications
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Executive Coaching

As well as teaching others to become professional business coaches, we also offer one-to-one coaching for executives. Whether you, or your team, need help in handling the pressures of the modern corporate environment, or guidance to help you reach your full potential, executive coaching is hugely beneficial.

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Bespoke Courses

Can't find a business coaching course that meets your needs? We don't just help our clients receive formal qualifications – we also tailor our learning to meet your exact needs and requirements. For example, maybe you would prefer to learn online or via Zoom? Or perhaps you have some very specific business challenges that we can help with?

Bespoke Business Coaching
Bespoke business coaching

We can design a business coaching programme around your exact requirements. Click here to start the conversation.

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Discover More About Business Coaching and Mentoring

In this section, we delve into much more detail about coaching and mentoring.

We discuss what business coaching is (and what it is not), the three main types of coaching, what makes a good business coach, what are the many benefits of business coaching, and how effective it is from both an individual's and an employer's perspective.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Not necessarily. But if you do you should look for an accreditation like ILM or CIPD. ILM stands for The Institute of Leadership & Management. This is who our courses are accredited by.

But it won't inhibit or disallow you to coach if you don't have an accreditation and have only gone through the training – as long as this training was through a reputable training organisation that has an accreditation value.

If preferred, we can offer advanced or masters training programs that cover all the accredited course content but that excludes the ILM work-based assignment section.

Two essential ingredients for becoming a good business coach are theory and practice.

Without practical coaching experience, no amount of theory will enable you to go straight into the world of coaching and mentoring. There is only so much you learn from textbooks and course tutors.

Similarly, trying to conduct a business coaching session without a thorough grounding and teaching of how to conduct a high-quality coaching meeting will likely end up in wasted time and frustration for all parties concerned.

Coaching theory is essential. But it is experience and practice that transforms a business coach and turns them into one who can help bring about a significant increase in performance and overall contribution to the business from both managers and employees alike.

Absolutely. Business coaching sessions help people overcome barriers and problems that are holding them back, help them fulfil their potential, and provide significant benefits in terms of career development and advancement.

Life coaching is a separate area. But there will be elements of business coaching which can also have a positive impact outside the workplace.

Improving communications skills, for example, can change the way you communicate in your personal life as well as in the workplace.

And, if people become better equipped at overcoming problems and dealing with change at work, they will be able to do these things more easily outside of work too.

Coaching can bring up a range of issues and it can be tough and even distressing.

But whereas counselling aims to deal with and reconcile problems from the past, business coaching usually tries to leave the past in the past and focus on future targets and ambitions.

So, coaching is not counselling, even though it's therapeutic knowing that you're tackling your business challenges head-on by taking action.

Training and coaching are similar in some ways, but vastly different in others. Both are concerned with the development and improvement of individuals in the workplace. Whilst mentoring and business coaching typically involves a manager and an employee taking part in a fairly informal meeting in order to resolve issues, training normally refers to an employee being taught a new skill or information which they do not currently possess.

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Providing mentoring will allow an employee to begin working and solving problems by themselves in a much shorter timeframe. This is usually highly desired by managers as they do not want to be bogged down and have time taken out of their busy daily schedule to answer questions about every minor detail of the task which the employee is currently engaged in.

Remember, managers do not have to provide all of the coaching, mentoring and training to their employees themselves. In fact, hiring an external business coach who has no preconceived ideas or familiarity with anyone at the organisation can often be a tremendous benefit.

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Instead of a manager simply deciding upon training needs at random, or signing off the same training programme because that is what they have always done at the firm over the years, it will nearly always be far more beneficial both for the company and the individual employees themselves if the manager uses business coaching to identify specific training needs.

By talking to employees directly and discovering which areas they are proficient in and, more importantly as far as training needs are concerned, which areas they are lacking skills and/or knowledge in and so require training to improve, will result in a much greater return on investment (ROI).

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The boundaries between team building and business coaching can sometimes be blurred and overlap. Both are concerned with the development of employees, in order for them to be more effective and contribute more to the success of the company.

The biggest difference is that whilst team building and team development is done in a group, so that the team can improve communication and teamworking between each other, business coaching is typically performed on a one-to-one basis.

This is because, rather than problems which exist between the team and the issues that stop them working together effectively, the matters discussed between an individual and a coach are specific to them. They are the personal and unique problems and metaphorical barriers which exist that are preventing that person from reaching their full potential in the workplace.

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