The value of Coaching for an Organisation
March 7, 2013 2 Comments
What is the Value to an Organisation for having an embedded coaching program?
I and a number of my colleagues have been involved over the past 10 months or so in a coaching accreditation program designed to provide us with the skill and competencies to be good or better coaches. It has involved us being coach/mentored while coaching other staff members and has been an interested experience for both us and the staff we are coaching. More importantly perhaps it has made us look at the place that coaching has within the organisation and what is and where does the value in a program like this sit.
Interestingly I think that perhaps when we considered this kind of program we saw the value sitting with those people being coached. So in providing an opportunity for the staff being coached to grow and develop and become better, more fully engaged and capable members of the organisation. This thinking has shifted, and while it is still the case that there is value and significant value sometimes for the people being coached, it seems that there is far greater value in the process of coaching and becoming a coach. So the real value that exists is that by becoming coaches, coaching staff members and being mentored to be a better coach, we have significantly improved the capacity of our senior management cohort as well as its ability to link and communicate with our staff, which to my mind is much more substantial win than we had expected. The value we are seeing is such that we are seriously considering ‘encouraging’ all of our senior management to become involved in the process of being a coach and being mentored through the process.
I would love to hear other people’s experience of organisational coaching, its effects and where you think the value lies.