EXECUTIVE COACHING is notoriously expensive to roll out in a business. The main reason, for corporates, is that it needs to be done on-on-one and all those sessions add up to a significant cost. Until now, that is! Yes, this executive self-coaching online solution—formally known as the Personal Effectiveness Self-Coaching Program for Executives—is a game-changer! You can literally put dozens of people through the program for the price of just a few in-person programs!
This means that coaching can be made available when and where it’s needed most. Firstly, deep within the organisation. Secondly, for suppliers that are small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMEs). Then, importantly, in times of crisis. Like now with the spread of the coronavirus. Efforts to contain that have led to a lockdown on travel and contact and, for many businesses, have impacted their budgets as well.
How it works
Once enrolled, coachees will work their way through 12 sessions of self-coaching. They will set their own goals and use the guided process, plus the set of coaching questions provided, to work towards those goals. They’ll also be introduced to a leadership concept or tool in each session. In other words, the “session theme”. Importantly, they’ll have various online contact points with me, Neil, as their coach. These will take the form, firstly, of being able to submit their session notes for comment. In addition, they’ll be able to submit questions related to the session theme.
Coachees will be guided through 12 sessions of self-coaching, using either the online course, or the printed handbook. They’ll be able to submit material and questions along the way, and I’ll make sure they gain confidence in their ability to coach themselves as they progress.
Coachees will be exposed to all the awareness introductions they’d get from a regular, live coaching program. In addition, they’ll have a structure they can follow—and questions they can use. Naturally, it will require some intelligence and a degree of diligence. If they’re committed, they’ll get the same results they’d get from having a coach sitting in front of them.
Coach contact points
Of course, the reason why people engage a coach is to have someone listen skillfully and ask the right questions. Therefore, I’ve made sure that, by choosing the executive self-coaching online program, coachees won’t be entirely alone. They’ll be able to submit questions and check their progress along the way—to see if they’re asking and answering the coaching questions correctly. Their submissions will get my personal attention, and I’ll make sure they gain confidence in their ability to coach themselves as they progress.
In addition, they’ll be encouraged to practice the tools and complete a “record and monitor” exercise in between sessions. This will support them to record the benefits of trying new behaviours and thereby build a use case for themselves. That, in turn, will support sustained behavioural change.
A self-assessment will be made on completion, and submitted to the coach. This can be filtered for confidentiality and then used to provide ROI feedback to the corporate sponsor. The coachee and sponsor can then jointly decide on any further developmental or remedial steps.