What is good coaching?
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
(Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – 1900-1944 – Writer)
How can you make sure you get what you’re promised?
This question of “what is good coaching” is critical when it comes to business coaching. With so many coaches on the market, it’s important to make an informed decision and ensure that the coaching you use is effective and professional.
To evaluate the quality of a coaching session, there are three main starting points you should consider.
A good coach should have a solid craft of process management that is in line with the current state of expertise. This includes regular review of one’s coaching approach through supervision and intervision with other experienced coaches. This ensures that the coach is always up to date and continuously develops his skills.
Good coaching should be perceived by clients as a valuable contribution to their personal and professional success. This can be accomplished through regular feedback and evaluation meetings to ensure clients’ needs are being met and they are achieving desired outcomes.
It is important to make sure that the insights and skills gained in coaching are implemented in your everyday work in the long term. A successful outcome evaluation measures the long-term benefits and changes that have resulted from coaching. This can be ensured, for example, by means of a feedback sheet and a free de-briefing meeting after a few weeks.
In addition to the coaching process, the service process is also very important. High-quality coaching not only includes the actual coaching session, but also begins with the acquisition and ends only with the invoicing. A good coach should ensure that all aspects of the service are handled professionally and efficiently to ensure a positive client experience.
Another factor to consider when choosing a business coach is the professionalism of the coach himself. An ethically responsible coach observes the applicable ethical rules and guidelines. In addition, the coach should meet the required training standards and be a member of a professional organization (such as the bso in Switzerland) that ensures collegial self-control and other quality standards.
Overall, it is important to proceed carefully when selecting a business coach and to consider the aforementioned starting points. By ensuring that the coach has a solid coaching methodology, provides professional services, and adheres to high ethical standards, you can be sure that you will receive coaching that will support you in your professional goals and produce lasting results.