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Business Coaching

One often overlooked part of many management courses is the importance that coaching and mentoring can play in the development of your workforce. Whilst knowing all the technical aspects of the role and having skills such as being able to organise and plan properly are important, being able to inspire and develop those under your control is a key factor in achieving future targets and greatly reducing the chances of incidents which are brought about through low morale, such as staff turnover and poor teamwork.

Effective business coaching involves a number of different aspects which come together to produce a happy, efficient workforce. These include leadership, constructive feedback, delegating, empowerment, project management, inspiring others... the list is a long and varied one. The best coaches understand the needs and requirements of individuals who may be very different to each other, and brings out the best in them all.

Executive coaching is a form of business coaching for busy executives

But business coaching is not just about inspiring others. The term 'business coaching' is a broad one, which not only involves the coaching of others, but can also refer to the coaching of the person themselves by a professional business coach who is often external to the organisation. Many corporate executives have coaching sessions in which they discuss their particular business issues with their coach, working through possible solutions and action plans to implement. Coaching will not provide definitive answers necessarily, but will allow for constructive dialogue, action plans and idea generation between the coach and coachee. Often by having someone to act as an impartial sounding board can help the executive come up with solutions themselves. These executive coaching sessions are usually delivered in short periods, say one or two hours a week, and fit in around the executive's busy work schedule.

For those who are interested in becoming a coach, accredited business coaching courses from the renowned Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), such as the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring in Management are designed to develop the capability of leaders to positively impact the performance of the individuals and teams for which they have responsibility.

To find out more about business coaching and executive coaching, visit our sister company the Business Coaching Foundation at www.businesscoachingfoundation.com or call 0844 800 3295.



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