“People, not capital, are businesses’ most vital asset. An organisation must innovate more and more often to meet the accelerated pace of change and its people must develop the learning skills that serve as the basis for innovation.”

Olalla & Echeverria ‘Management by Coaching,’ in HR Focus V73 N1.

Coaching and being coached are essential activities for 21st century business and managers. In an environment of uncertainty, intense competition globalisation of markets, innovation, creativity and improved performance vital to business success.

Fostering a learning environment in a hierarchic, control-based management framework is difficult if not impossible. Leaders must come out of their offices, clearly declare where they want the business to go; assert strongly the values by which the business will be done; encourage, develop and inspire the work force; help people be the best they can be; involve them in the decision making process and create an environment of learning, improvement and development.

Prime tools for you as a leader or manager are coaching and mentoring. It is through these that your people will be enabled to reach their true potential for the good of the business and themselves. Coaching and mentoring provides a blend of thinking for oneself and learning through the experience of others.
Coaching and mentoring leads naturally to greater awareness in your people, and to greater responsibility being taken for their own actions, and a visibly higher level of commitment in the work force; just the environment required for survival and success for businesses today and in the future.

We have written a booklet, downloadable from the link below which explores the role of a leader / manager as a coach &/or mentor.

Booklet contents below:

  • Introduction
  • What is coaching?
  • How does coaching and mentoring differ from other forms of support?
  • What does coaching cover?
  • What are the benefits of coaching?
  • How long does coaching take?
  • How do I set up a coaching contract?
  • What is the coach’s role during the coaching sessions?
  • Some coaching models and processes
  • What are the key attributes and skills of a coach?
  • How do I select an external coach?
  • Where can I get further information?

Download booklet here: http://bit.ly/1sis6HL