Have you ever wondered how to increase the effectiveness of your team? How to attract and retain the best talent? How to fully engage your employees? Successful organizations create environments in which people can achieve their potential through guidance, assistance, and support. Coaching is a skill that can be utilized to create that environment and to support team members in ways that allow them to contribute to their fullest. When coaching becomes an integral part of doing business, employees are engaged; this results in greater productivity and the retention of top talent.
This course provides students with the tools to coach effectively, and it enables the performance improvement of all team members. Coaching is often confused with teaching or giving feedback. Students start the course by exploring the true definition of coaching and how it differs from other forms of communication. Coaching is an investment of time and effort; students discuss the many benefits that can be achieved from using this skill in the workplace. They also identify several opportunities to coach in their work environment. Questioning and listening skills are central to effective coaching, so time will be spent learning and practicing these skills. This course allows for several practice opportunities. Students engage in mini-coaching sessions, using actual coaching opportunities that they have identified. They learn and use a four-step process to help them plan and structure their coaching sessions for maximum benefit. Some coaching opportunities are difficult, so students discuss and practice effective techniques to overcome difficult situations that may arise.
Students end the session by developing a strategy for personal continuous coaching development, which they then share with a partner. This strategy will help ensure that their coaching skills continue to grow, thereby increasing the skills and productivity of their team members.