Many would argue that business coaching is necessary, but is it? Many years ago, it was believed that coaching individuals in business was simply a trend. Now it appears that the great leaders of our time have stepped forward to prove it’s fundamental.
A tough economy and tough times in your personal life can make you NOT want to go to work. Tough times can make you NOT want to care about what happens at your job. In fact, most employees and even those at the executive level are getting burnt out early on in their day.
Turning to taking time off isn’t always an option, so what you are left with is the option of getting a coach or a mentor. Business coaching is now deemed fundamental, and today, I’ll share with you more why more organizations are requiring that their upper level management can do it.
Why Business Coaching is Essential
Those who coach others in a full-time practice, are generally experienced and committed to not only bettering others but bettering themselves.
These individuals aren’t perfect, but they know what they have to work on and at what pace. The biggest challenge for organizations that want managers to coach employees must understand that they need to provide managers with the proper training.
Those who are qualified to manage should know how to manage a business and people, but they may not necessarily have tip-top coaching skills. This is generally because most managers are better at telling others what to do, than listening to their needs.
Here are the 5 categories that skills for business coaching are broken down into.
1. Relationship building. Getting to know people and what THEY want is important. This transfers into how you conduct business. If you don’t know anything about your customer or what they want, then it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to earn their business. Managers also have to set boundaries for themselves and the employee. It’s important that the roles are understood and solidified.
2. Proper assessment. Managers need to be the key in helping their employees get clear on what they want, and where they want to go. You as an individual have the responsibility to yourself to be aware of who you are and your skills. You need to clearly identify any problem areas and you also need to clarify what your intentions are.
3. Coaches need to challenge others. It’s important that coaches and managers are able to ask open-ended questions. When faced with an issue, are you able to think of a different way to handle the problem? If you are pushing your employee or client, then talk to them about taking risks. Even if they are calculated risks they have to be taken.
4. A support and encouragement all in one. Did you know that as a manager, support and encouragement are all rolled into one? At least, they should be. If you don’t have managers that are coaching employees into making progress and setting new goals, then neither of you will have the bigger picture in place. It’s all about providing a support system while pushing them to do more, be more, and have more.
5. Be results driven. Did you know that getting results is the key to helping your employees or clients achieve success? If you didn’t think that pushing them was ideal, think again. While you offer support, you still need to push your employees and clients to do more. Stretch them, and ask them to do things that are more challenging each time. If it’s easy, growth is unlikely.
If you select the right people you’ll know as things progress. Making progress is important. When you can’t see positive change, you’ll have to reconsider your methods and those in charge.
While the fundamentals are all there, business coaching is NOT without its challenges, but nonetheless rewarding.