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Coaching is a great skill to have in today's business environment. Many people often associate it with sports, but it is not just limited to sporting events. Coaching, in business, is defined as ''supporting individuals to improve their performance.''
Initiatives aimed at improving performance are beneficial for the growth and development of individual skills. These give organisations an edge over the others as their people become more competitive, innovative and creative. Employees who feel supported are more likely to be enthusiastic, motivated to achieve and happier in their environment. A happy work environment increases productivity and retention, and people feel valued and respected.
Coaching is a planned process that enables an individual to develop skills and hone others while being supported and guided. There must be a culture of trust to make it happen though.
Employees can use opportunities in the workplace to learn and get the best out of each situation for personal and professional growth. In today's more contemporary organisational design structures, employees often find it harder to move up. Coaching provides a platform for employees to develop a breadth of skills across a variety of areas, which enables them to remain engaged and at the same time promotes an environment for learning and growing.
Coaching is now a desirable skill for leadership and management positions. Without becoming a micromanager, developing your coaching skills will help support your role, enable you to develop your staff and free up your time to concentrate on other competing business issues. It will also change the way you provide feedback and get the best out of your people, creating a win-win situation for all.
Whatever value you see in developing this skill, make sure you learn with the right people and through an accredited programme.
• Coaching involves management and goal setting for growth
• It gives career leverage points in communication, delegation
• Coaches suggest ways to improve on skills you may not see
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Source: Roisin Wadding, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Managing Director, Quantum Human Resource Consultancy