(extract from recent news article)
Creating a Coaching Culture is a must have for HR Managers and high on the ‘to do list’ of many an SME Director, but what does it mean and how can it be achieved?
Creating a coaching culture is more than just training internal coaches or having the board level externally coached – as Kirsty McWilliam, an accredited coach at the Edinburgh based training company, Coaching Direct, goes on to explain :
‘Whilst training key members of staff to act as internal coaches is an important part of establishing a coaching culture, the key is to ensure all employees have coaching skills and are aware of the power of coaching.’ McWilliam goes on to say ‘Sustainability is a key element of coaching and this should be central to any coaching strategy that you embed. If everyone in your business is aware of the effectiveness of coaching, either from experiencing it or using it, a culture will become endemic.’
This is why Coaching Direct are now structuring their coach training into a 3 module tiered system which will allow employers to choose only the training that suits them – ranging from a 1 day coaching introduction, to training key staff as internal coaches. This will ensure that a coaching culture can be created as easily in the SME as in the larger PLCs.
Current conditions can cause both HR managers and the SME market to avoid external consultancy and training, viewing it as too formal, expensive or inflexible. The wonderful thing about introducing a coaching culture is that it is sustained internally. It is 100% flexible and focussed on the development of each employee. It supports your business objectives and is a far more cost effective option than ongoing external coaching.
Coaching Direct are focussed on an excellent return on investment and support your business objectives. Right now their ‘Make a Change’- introduction to coaching module is attracting ILA and Skills Development Scotland funding, in association with the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce. So there has never been a better time to find out what a coaching culture can do for you.
McWilliam says “our motto is that successful people invest in themselves and successful organisations invest in people – ensure your coaching becomes an endemic part of your culture and measure your success.”
For further details please contact Coaching Direct for a chat.