At Academy of Leadership Coaching & NLP, we have had the good fortune of working with top organizations around the United States and across the globe. One thing we have noticed with each of these opportunities is that many organizations seek ways to develop team members and retain talent within their businesses. Proper coaching tools help leaders create working environments in which team members shine, contribute, grow and take pride in offering a high caliber of work. We know that many people don’t operate at their full potential, and their work environment does not give them the opportunity to develop their tremendous potential.
According to the 10th Annual Coaching Survey produced by Sherpa Coaching, LLC, “internal coaching is on the rise. …four years ago, just seven percent of coaches were internals. This year, that number has risen to ten percent. That may appear to be a modest increase, but it is a relative rise of over forty percent. The number of internal coaches signing on to take this survey has doubled in recent years.”
There’s plenty of data indicating the positive impact that coaching can have on employee engagement, retention, optimizing performance and building up the talent bench. The power of coaching is not in question. However, how you choose to implement coaching into your organization needs to be designed specifically for your culture and you need to consider some important aspects, including
The potential advantages to internal coaching in your organization include:
However, there can also be drawbacks to internal coaching practices without the proper tools.
If your company has made the decision to implement an internal coaching program, here are some basic guidelines to consider.
Integrate internal coaching with your external coaching team. Use internal coaches for lower level leaders and/or independent contributors, while dedicating external coaches for senior level management. Contact ALCN if you would like more information about our Coaching Skills Courses for the Work Environment curriculum or check out our website.