Coaching and management

I was mulling over some of the feedback from my last Level 2 coach training course and was struck by one candidate’s comment on how useful he’d found the course in helping him manage in his day job. The more I think about it, the more connections I see! In our coaching we’re always looking to help individuals improve their performance. We need to work out not only what their real goals and objectives are, but what might be holding them back and what is most likely to motivate them to achieve their desired outcomes. Of course, at work an individual’s goals might not always match the organisation’s but if as managers we can use our understanding of the learning and goal setting processes that we learn as coaches we have a whole set of tools to help us align the two. Are good coaches good managers? Invariably the answer must be so.

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