There are a lot of ways to get training, but one fabulous opportunity comes with a business coach. A business coach has not only walked the path but also has been very successful in the field he or she coaches. They know your specific industry, challenges, and best practices.
Business coaches have your personal growth in the business setting as their number one goal. With a business coach, employees naturally become more effective and productive. An effective coach doesn’t tell the employee what to do but allows the employee to take part in the dialogue. By having an active role, the employee is much more likely to be adaptable and internalize (or “buy in to”) the desire for professional growth and development.
How are business coaching and mentoring different?
Many managers may act as business coaches but may not actually be good coaches. Theirs isn’t a warm and fuzzy position, although positive and supportive feedback is crucial to a successful coaching relationship. Instead, it is a position meant to grow and mature skills. This Forbes article pulls no punches about business coaching.
The relationship is about success on the job, skill and career development, not personal development. However, the coaching relationship can have the feeling of mentoring. The difference is mentoring may take on the additional role of personal development. Think of mentoring as personal and business coaching as professional development.
Can mentoring and business coaching work together?
It’s often common for a business coach and his or her client to build a strong relationship of trust. Sometimes that coach sees the need to mentor a personal issue in order for the business concept to succeed. It’s a wise business coach that perceives a personal matter can block success in the job arena.
However, it’s very important for that coach to speak only to the fine line of that one situation. A business coach should not become involved in a client’s personal life or angst.
Straight-forward coaching resources.
There’s a Dummies book for everything, and yes, there’s one for business coaching too. Coaching and Mentoring for Dummies is a great manual to help not only train management, but also is a great idea for business owners and human resources personnel to use to increase understanding. In learning about business coaching, there’s less chance of misunderstandings, misinterpretation of duties, and expectations.
Should your business step into the world of business coaching? Contact us at The Lee Group to explore this fascinating and very successful idea with our consultants.