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Top 10: Benefits of coaching…

1:  it puts the learner at the centre of the learning: coaching focuses on the learner’s needs, and how they want to address those needs.  Coaching tends to assume the learner has the answer.  Coaching ‘draws out’ learning – instruction ‘puts it in’

2: it is engaging and involving – for both parties: the learner is active, rather than passive, and therefore more likely to engage their brain.  The coach too, needs to be alert and focused throughout.  Their is no hiding place for either party…!

3: it adapts easily to the learner’s preferred learning style and strategy:  a good coach wll use a style that suits the learner – which is easier to achieve on a 1-1 basis than for a large training group

4: it encourages greater understanding and ownership: coaching involves the learner, who tends to generate the ideas and solutions.  So the learner understands the solution, and how it was arrived at.  Creating the solution, they are also more likely to carry it through

5: it allows the learner the satisfaction of getting there themselves: of discovering the solution, rather than being told

6: it can be very cost effective: it can be quick, and because it addresses the individual’s specific issues or needs, is very efficient, with no ‘waste’

7: it encourages innovation: under an instructional model, the received wisdom simply continues to be passed on; under a coaching approach, each individual has the opportunity to come up with their own solution, which might be different – and better – than previous solutions.  If Einstein is right, in that we cannot solve today’s problems using today’s thinking, then coaching is more likely to generate the new ways we need

8: it is developmental and satisfying for the coach: coaching requires a high order set of skills, so can be developmental; it also can provide a lot of satisfaction – helping someone to get there themselves

9: it is a more flexible, responsive approach to development: training programmes typically happen every so often, and might not be at the right time or place for the learner.  Coaching is more flexible and easier to arrange, so can be made available as and when required

10: it is an appropriate management style and culture: these days, most staff respond well to a coaching style of management – from problem solving to tackling performance issues.  It is a more collaborative, less hierarchical approach, where the staff member is valued and supported, rather than directed and controlled

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