The Key Elements of Business Coaching

Effective executive business coaching can be utilized to achieve positive business results. In a small and successful business establishment, coaching is conducted keeping in view its organizational structure. Business coaching is meant to develop the culture of leadership skills required to achieve the goals and objectives of a business enterprise.

Business coaching is highly effective in streamlining business processes, increasing profitability, and harnessing business potential. This can be achieved only by using the right kind of business coaching that is highly cost effective and does not interrupt the functioning of day-to-day business.

Business coaching within the business culture works because it mainly focuses on the people involved in the business. Coaching is a practice that stresses on the importance of interpersonal skills. While undergoing coaching everyone should follow the path of ongoing learning. In a high performance business no one can rest on his or her laurels.

An effective coaching procedure incorporates corporate team building. This result is achieved due to the clear message that is given that the business takes each individual seriously, as valuable people who can make positive contributions to the business. Coaching enables people to understand and identify their strengths, and also to work more openly and effectively as a member of a team.

There are basically three key elements required for an effective executive coaching framework in a business:

. Accountability: Coaching is effective because the person undergoing it holds himself or herself accountable for the results. The people who gain the maximum benefits from coaching are those who are genuinely interested in getting coached. They involve themselves with an open mind and evaluate the information generated around them in a critical manner. They accept feedback positively, even when it is confronting or uncomfortable.

The people undergoing coaching accept the insights and inputs gleaned from psychometric tools and instruments as a valuable source of information. By analyzing the issues and using their coach as a mediator, the entrepreneurs and managers have the ability to interpret the information received, and understand the meaning, and then develop a plan based on it. They also take responsibility for their subsequent actions and words. This is well suited for people who are high performers, who are self-motivated and who wish to achieve higher targets.

. Direction: Business coaching is an effective tool to achieve business objectives and results. People who undertake coaching incorporate their new learning into workable results that foster the business objectives. The effectiveness of the coaching is determined by achieving the results through proper planning. These results are reviewed regularly so that progress is viewed as a never-ending task. Effective business owners and managers are constantly learning and upgrading themselves as they see learning as a continuous cycle of improvement in business. Business coaching often reveals and uncovers the structural barriers to an individual achieving high performance within the business. Breakdowns in the processes, policies and systems may be required to be tackled within the business itself. Coaching helps in breaking down the barriers and enables high performance as it develops self-responsibility amongst the employees because, as Dr W Edwards Deming said, 85% of the performance of the people is adversely affected due to internal issues.

. Openness: As coaching is a business proposition it demands open interaction and the ongoing learning of interpersonal skills so as to develop effective relationships within the organization. This can be achieved by communication between the business owners and the management. It must be remembered that coaching is primarily meant to benefit the business, and not the individual undergoing the coaching. Hence, the whole business must create a friendly, supportive and positive environment. Coaching uncovers the strengths and weaknesses of individuals and guides them towards managing them in order to achieve excellence in their work, which results in success for the business.

Kris Koonar

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