Coaching is a ‘collaboration’ between an individual seeking to increase their personal and business effectiveness with a coach who can provide a thinking environment supported by effective questions, interventions or observations. Online coaching is when the sessions are conducted through one of the many communication tool available in the digisphere. Coaching can be used to actively work through identified objectives such as a personal development plan, build a programme of new skills as a leader or make new decisions for career development.

Here are a some coaching formats and how they can be used:

Personal and life coaching is a more personal look at an individual’s holistic aims across many aspects of their life.

  • Increasing creativity
  • Decision making
  • Motivation
  • Communication skills
  • Work-life blending
  • Dealing with difficult colleagues
  • Managing stress
  • Assertiveness
  • Innovative thinking

Executive and corporate coaching focuses on a member of a company board or in the senior management team. These sessions will require the coach to be able to understand and robustly facilitate thinking in strategic business issues in the context of personal development.

  • Strategic development
  • Innovative thinking
  • Leading a team

Performance coaching explores where an individual can improve on their achievements usually in line with their employer’s objectives.

  • Target setting
  • Human Resources department commissioning external coaches for a specific issue such as managing staff burnout or running 360 reviews
  • Organisations wishing to encourage a coaching style of leadership

Leadership coaching is a process that assists a leader in being effective, fair, decisive and strategic. A new leader can find this promotion somewhat isolating so checking decisions and talking though concepts can be empowering and progressive.

  • Leading a team
  • Conducting appraisals
  • Dealing with difficult colleagues
  • Exercising authority

Business coaching is closely aligned to mentoring where the coach can ask incisive questions based on an understanding of the business environment. However they do not diagnose, direct or design solutions.

  • Entrepreneurial themes
  • Professionals in private practice
  • Staff wishing to have coaching while launching their independent business

Team coaching is where the client is a group or team of people seeking to improve their performance, manage change, adapt or review their role in the organisation.

  • Being a good team player
  • Decision making
  • Motivation
  • Communication skills

Career coaching creates time to review how to get the best from work. This can be enhancing progress, negotiating difficult opportunities or making a new start.

  • Decision making
  • Motivation
  • Communication skills
  • Presentation skills

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