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Coaching and mentoring your team to success

When we hear the term ‘coaching’, many will think of sports coaches who teach, motivate and inspire their team to achieve more on the pitch.Coaching and mentoring your team to success

With this in mind, perhaps, business coaching is not far from sports coaching. Think of the manager as the coach and the players are the employees.

Organisations now require a new breed of manager that acts as a coach for their team and their players.

Creating a winning environment

Coaches and managers have many important things in common; teamwork, motivation and people management. Therefore, it’s fair to say that professional sports coaches provide great role models for managers.

Essentially, the parallels between the sporting world and the business world are numerous.

But, how important is coaching and mentoring to your organisation?

Well, a staggering “93% of managers need training in coaching employees”

And “30% of employees said they had benefited from the advice and guidance of a mentor”

This means that organisations need to start focusing on ‘coaching their managers’ to get the most out of and retain their best employees.

So, where do you start?

From a manager to a coach

How can organisations make their employees more effective? And how do managers help employees reach their full potential to produce their best results?

This is the dilemma, one which is faced by all organisations…

After all, great coaches create an environment of trust, support, understanding and encouragement.

By encouraging a learning culture, organisations allow employees to take an active role in knowledge sharing, inspiring them to perform to the best of their abilities.

Successful coaching practices can go beyond just the sporting world. Organisations simply need to embed these values into the development of their workforce, with confidence that it will lead to a better performance.

77% of organisations say coaching is important or critical to their overall business”

Yet, organisations spend limited time and investment in ‘coaching their coaches’. A way that an organisation can drive efforts to develop their people is by exploring ILM Level 5 Management Coaching and Mentoring programme.

This will help apply the same values from your favourite sports team, into the office and boardroom.

Coaching a winning team

Imagine if every leader works as a coach and every employee has a mentor, what this could do to employee productivity…

Managers who understand the value of coaching – in a way that makes it a natural part of their managerial toolkit – are the ones that are most likely to coach in a way that will boost performance.

Yet, great coaching can only be achieved if managers are provided with the right tools.

To answer the most important question of all: what is the need for these programs and what outcome will be seen?

Regardless of the specific reason for using coaching and mentoring, the ultimate goal is to develop a more skilled, satisfied and knowledge sharing workforce, that encourages professional support.

In the end, this will increase your employee retention, increase productivity and improve performance.

So, now it’s time to start thinking about how you can incorporate coaching and mentoring into your business.

Not sure where to start?

You can learn coaching and mentoring skills on our accredited  ILM Level 5 Management Coaching and Mentoring.

Are you ready to to get the most from your team?


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