Coaching in organisations
‘Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything’
George Bernard Shaw
Making progress and creating new cultures in organisations can only be done with sure and credible leadership and an empowered work force. If you want to get the best from your people, encourage them to take personal responsibility and perform at their best then a coaching approach will help you to achieve success.
This may be developing an internal coaching provision, giving managers the skills to have coaching conversations or equipping leaders to lead from behind. By taking a coaching approach as an organisation you are investing in your people and making it possible for them to reach their full potential.
Previous clients have reported an increase in profits, more effective communication, greater staff engagement and increased levels of confidence in leaders and managers. Some organisations have chosen to invest in staff to obtain professional qualifications in coaching and mentoring; enabling them to develop city wide networks where the coaching resource can be shared across different sectors and avoid some of the constraints of internal coaching and mentoring.
All of our training and facilitation models the coaching approach. This helps you to identify your training outcomes and work at an emotional and cognitive level to address complex dynamics within your teams. Participants are stretched and challenged personally leading to increased emotional intelligence and greater self awareness. A variety of environments and experiences are utilised to meet the needs of different preferences, including classroom teaching, group discussion, experiential exercises and reflective practice.
Design of any training begins with an exploration of the current and historical issues of the stakeholders and the desired outcomes of the intervention. This often leads to addressing the culture of the whole organisation and working with senior teams to develop their leadership alongside the introduction of behavioural and skills training throughout the organisation.
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