Coaches in the Workplace: When to Hire a Coach
By Jeff Thoren, DVM, ACC Gifted Leaders, LLC
According to Laura Whitworth, Henry Kimsey-House, and Phil Dandahl, the authors of the book Co-Active Coaching, “People come to coaching for lots of different reasons, but the bottom-line is change. They no longer want things to stay the same and they see that coaching can make that change happen.”
What needs to change in your workplace that you can directly or indirectly influence? Now could be the time to hire a coach if you want to use your unique gifts and strengths to create sustainable positive change for your team or organization, or even your family or community.
“Coaching” is often a catch-all word for skills training, instruction, and daily guidance. But it’s really none of these things. Similarly, coaching is not the same as traditional consulting. Consultants are hired for their expertise. They are teachers, not coaches, who teach their clients how to approach their business and personal issues.
Coaching is really the art of discovery, not the science of delivery. A coach uses inquiry and conversation to help you discover your own answers, which conveys respect for your expertise and a belief that real growth comes from within, not from any external source.
So in what situations might a coach be beneficial?
You should consider hiring a coach if:
- You’re a leader who wants to develop, articulate and create alignment around a vision for your team.
- You want to learn new, more effective ways of leading or managing.
- You’re transitioning into a new role at work (e.g., you’ve just been promoted or assigned a supervisory role).
- You’re a technically competent team member but want to become more adept at influencing others and understanding team dynamics and organizational culture.
- You need more skill in a specific area (e.g., interpersonal communication or conflict management).
- After attending a conference or workshop, you’re aware of changes you’d like to see in yourself or your workplace and want to take action.
In every case, coaching will provide the structure and accountability you need to make important changes or achieve specific goals.
Coaching Tip: Take a few moments to answer this question: What needs to change in your workplace that you can directly or indirectly influence? Now could be the time to hire a coach if you want to use your unique gifts and strengths to create sustainable positive change for your team or organization, or even your family or community.
About the Author
Jeff Thoren, DVM, ACC, BCC E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 480-710-4347
About Gifted Leaders Gifted Leaders, LLC is an established executive/team coaching and organization development consultancy based in Metro Phoenix, AZ, serving clients nationwide. Our talented coaches and consultants specialize in delivering customized programs for individual leadership development, leadership coaching, team coaching, team development and organization development.