‘Coaching’ in the Workplace

In this week's PACT HR blog we explore what a 'Coaching' session is and how this really can be implemented throughout the workplace, to bolster the morale and capabilities of your team.

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During a recent ‘Adopting a Coaching Approach in the Workplace’ session, I was asked “what actually happens during a coaching session?” and this led me to consider the common misconceptions around coaching. I find that often the workshop participants arrive with an idea of what coaching looks like that is very different to the impression they leave with.

The biggest area of confusion tends to be around people understanding the difference between coaching someone and mentoring someone. I of course cover this in the one day workshop however, Carol Wilson – International Speaker and Executive Coach and CEO – Culture at Work explains this really well in the following YouTube video.

Put simply; in a coaching relationship the coach guides the individual to break down and uncover the issues in order to get to the root of the problem. The coach is there to support, listen, challenge and probe.

Working in the learning and professional development arena for 15-years I have learned; through the delivery of numerous management development programmes; that coaching is by far one of the most effective methods of:

  • Developing an individual’s capabilities
  • Identifying career aspirations
  • Setting and following personal and career goals & objectives
  • Motivating oneself to achieve aspirations

Considering adopting a coaching model within your workplace? If you would like to know more about and develop your coaching skills, so that you can benefit from having great coaching conversations with your staff or colleagues then please do not hesitate to contact me (details below) for an informal/coaching chat. Alternatively click on the following link for more information on our one day 'Adopting a Coaching Approach in the Workplace’ Workshop or to book on this session or any of our other sessions just click here. The workshop is also a great place to start for those looking for a solid foundation before embarking on a more formal Coaching Qualification.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Simon Brannan – PACT HR Training Consultant

E: simon.brannan@bradford.gov.uk

M: 07879 418846

T: 01274 435355 // Britannia House, Hall Ings, Bradford BD1 1HX // pact-hr.co.uk