Building a Coaching Culture starts here
Global research published by one of the industry’s leading professional bodies, the International Coaching Federation (ICF), shows that there is now a clear link between high-performing organisations and a strong coaching culture.
Our consultancy services are offered to organisations and feature a portfolio of tailored solutions and products that can serve to address a multitude of issues facing both large and small businesses today. We work at all levels within an organisation to help build a coaching culture where the emphasis is placed on improving performance, maximising your people’s potential and driving business success.
Our team of consultants are experienced coaches with direct expertise in supporting businesses with their management practices and people strategies. We will work with you to embed sustainable change and encourage a culture of inspirational and trusted leadership, employee engagement and talent management as well as being able to assist with an organisation’s wellbeing strategy. In addition, we deliver in-house training programmes for managers of all levels, HR professionals, organisational development specialists and internal coaches, as well as coaching for teams, management and young professionals.
Here is an overview of some (not exhaustive list) of some workplace issues we can support you with.
Developing and Retaining Talent
A fierce labour market and skills gap mean organisations are at war for hiring and keeping their top talent. Career progression is a priority for workers and a coaching approach providing access to continuous learning is critical in retaining high performers.
Work is becoming increasingly complex and as functions change due to advances in automation, our people need to continue learning to keep up. An employee’s level of potential is becoming more influential when it comes to making recruitment and talent pipeline management decisions. Whether a graduate scheme participant or a future leader, coaching can scale their development into more senior roles as well as grow interpersonal skills, resilience, management capabilities and motivate employees to pursue personal and professional excellence. It’s also now an integral way of working for organisations as more managers are equipped with coaching skills.
Teams Working at their Best
Team coaching is one of the hottest topics in management and there is a global trend for increased teamwork at board level. Teaming has reached the C-suite and is seeing executives adopt a more collaborative team-based business model.
The use of systemic team coaching is enabling businesses to deliver an upwards shift in team and organisational performance and results. Unlike one-off workshops and team-building exercises, systemic team coaching enables teams to identify and resolve their challenges over a programme lasting several months – resulting in deeper learning and long-term sustainable change. It is more effective and cost-efficient than one-to-one executive coaching and encourages a team to embrace collective leadership.
Our consultants will work with you to explore the team’s role and purpose, team dynamics, ways of working, stakeholder relationships, and the value they can collectively add to the organisation. We also offer our Team Connect 360 diagnostic tool which is a powerful aid in goal setting and evaluating a programme’s results.
Coaching for Leaders
Coaching is an established and recognised tool for developing the effectiveness of CEOs and C-suite level directors and can be applied at various stages of an executive’s management career.
In addition to providing team coaching in-house, the AoEC also offers its flexible Systemic Team Leadership programme which enables participants to rise to the challenge of coaching their teams to think and act systemically and address their unique challenges and opportunities.
Coaching for leaders is highly beneficial and helps refine communication skills, increases resilience and strengthens managerial abilities. Those with coaching skills are also instrumental in engaging and motivating employees to continue expanding their skills and inspiring them to succeed. Executive coaching can also contribute to building trust by focusing on results, relationships and reputation, while a coaching approach has also been shown to make company directors lead more effectively through periods of change.
Motivation for Perfomance
A coaching culture is immensely valuable in improving performance and can be lucratively used to tap into the workforce’s potential. Employees who are engaged in their work and encouraged to further their skills are driven to succeed.
Those employees who are empowered to take ownership and be accountable also have the freedom to innovate and focus on excellence with value-creation for the customer. Coaching fosters staff buy-in with a feeling of being valued and cultivates loyalty, trust and engagement in the employer. Organisations which prize their people are highly desirable to work for and the opportunities for professional development alongside career progression are often more attractive than large salaries and benefit packages.
Coaching can extend a person’s skills beyond where they are now and those who have undergone coaching are more self-aware and better in managing their relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders. Coaching augments critical skills as well as helping manage behaviour and prepare employees for times of change or uncertainty.
Mergers and acquisitions, global expansion, a change of leadership or the roll out of new technology can all be disruptive, and organisations find their priorities and strategies constantly must shift to keep up. Change is a natural process, but it is the fear of the unknown that can cause resistance within a workforce when change is underway.
The core features of change management are communication, leadership and resilience and each can determine the failure or success of a change management initiative. Coaching is one of the most useful ways to improve change management capabilities as it can organise people for change, be used to modify behaviours, enhance communication and grow resilience at individual and team level.
One-to-one and team coaching sessions are designed to suit the specific needs of the coachee(s) and give them the opportunity to talk through their feelings, their concerns and reflect on how change might impact them. Interventions of this nature help build critical thinking and trust in senior management as they can overcome this resistance and break down challenges.
Additional services include:
- Expert consultancy
- Bespoke and tailored options
- eLearning capability
- Developing accredited internal coaches
- Supplying and matching external accredited coaches
- Building future leaders
- Providing coaching skills training at all levels of the organisation, including the Young Professionals Coaching Skills Certificate, the Coaching Skills Certificate, the Practitioner Diploma programme and team coach training
- Team development including 360 Team Connect Tool
- Options for a range of continuous professional development from thought leaders
- A focus on specialist areas such as resilience and wellness and recovery through carefully selected and valued partners.