A simple legal contract sets ground rules pertaining to thecoaching relationship, format, content, timescale, schedule, costs - including extrasor expenses, payment terms, confidentiality and copyright, etc. so that both partiesknow their rights and obligations. It demonstrates that the coach is a professionaland offers both parties protection and peace of mind ...and this makes it much easierto get paid. Both parties must sign the contract before commencing.
Practices range from independent one-man operations to largeconsultancies.
Coaching vs Mentoring:
These two approaches are complementary and there aremany similarities between them, as well as many differences. Mentees follow in thepath of a senior colleague (mentor) who can pass on knowledge, experience andopen doors to otherwise out-of-reach opportunities. Coaches do not generally havedirect experience in their client's role, unless the coaching is skills focused.
Traditionally mentoring is a highly effective structure for guidanceby senior employees of hand-holding juniors to become as knowledgeable asthe mentor, ensuring that services are delivered seamlessly, transferring keyskills, procedures, culture, politics and is on-hand to answer questions.Another mentoring system is peer-based 'buddy' systems to share anddevelop technical expertise.
Types of coaching
These coaches offer their clients a highly supportive andmotivating one-on-one coaching environment to explore what they want,how to actualise their life aspirations and fulfil their needs - allowing theclient the personal space they need to grow and develop.
This is similar tlife coaching, but is conducted within thecontext and the focus determined by the business. Assist in identifying anetwork of alliances to achieve goals. May also creatively manage the transferof skills and knowledge, training, facilitating, counselling, networkingthroughout the business.
Effective managerial coaches are able to delegate more, tocreate a sense of purpose within the team and to motivate the performanceof others, free up time, focus on the most important tasks.
Coaching as a business structure:
To ensure coherent effort and success, create a robust plan forincorporating a coaching business structure.
Personal, team and business objectives must be integratedand clearly understood.
Provide advanced coaching training to all managers and keystaff with the talent for developing others.
Replace management structures with flatter, more efficientcoaching structures.
Teach all staff how to be coached and how to makecoaching a daily activity.
Focus on improving competence, making just-in-time sources of advice available and creating a supportive environment.