Internal Coaching

The Case for Internal vs. External Coaching

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Anybody involved in Coaching within organizations should read the book “Executive Coaching for Results” by Underhill, McAnally and Koriath. It is a wonderful resource that provides insights through a combination of quite specific research and case studies from companies that have immersed themselves in this methodology.

What might be of interest to many large organizations is the commentary on the benefits of External versus Internal Coaching. Though they both share the common goal of developing leadership competencies, the following “pros” and “pros” emerged. Read more

Coaching & the HR Function

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Organizations are now looking to see how they can more fully integrate coaching into their staff training and development. These companies have already embraced this methodology at a senior level where many executive are being exposed to external coaches. However these resources are typically expensive and therefore rarely made available to people outside the executive suite.

Recognizing the benefits, companies are now creating their own cadre of internal coaches, an initiative which is been driven by the Human Resource function. This need is being met by having staff participate in formal certification programs or creating an internal initiative. This has led to business improvements but also to the fact that the HR function is being seen in a new light in the following ways. Read more

“Coaching Approach” Within Organizations

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In a recent Forbes article, it was claimed that the need for coaching within organizations is ever increasing yet for some reason managers are not truly embracing it. This same article also stated that according to the 2010 Executive Coaching Survey, conducted by the Conference Board, 63% of organizations use some form of internal coaching, and half of the rest plan to. Yet coaching is a small part of the job description for most managers. Nearly half spend less than 10% of their time coaching others.

In our last blog How Coaching Supports An Organization, we spoke about External Coaching and Internal Coaching. However coaching can have its most profound impact if it can become part of the MO (Modus Operandi) of the management and supervisors of the company. Read more