What is coaching? The ultimate aim of coaching is the effective use of everybody's abilities and potential. Why is coaching important? The effective manager gets work done largely through others and thus the ability to coach is one of the most important skills of the manager's job. It goes well beyond delegation and involves the short- and long-term development of staff. Good coaching brings direct benefits both to the organization and to the individuals involved - better working practices, enhanced teamwork, increased creativity, better communication, less crisis management and enhanced personal satisfaction, amongst other things.Dr.
Angela Thomas, who runs her own Consultancy and conducts coaching and other courses in Europe and the States, guides the reader through the following five stages of the coaching process using case studies, examples and exercises to promote interactive learning: Determine the reasons for coaching and decide on the topic; identify long- and short-term goals, and define targets and standards; device and develop specific overall individual session plans; develop specific competence and confidence taking account of individual learning styles; and, recap on what has been agreed, set deadlines and check on progress. Other titles in this series include: "Managing Time" by David Fontana; and, "Interpersonal Conflicts at Work" by Robert Edelmann; "Effective Teamwork" by Michael West.