How effective are one-on-one meetings?
Highly engaged organziations rank one-on-ones as the number one communication strategy ahead of emails from leadership and all-company meetings.
We all encounter difficult situations and individuals in our personal and professional lives. Coaching creates a trusted, confidential relationship between coach and client. Through a process of inquiry and personal discovery the coach seeks to build client awareness and responsibility by providing accountability, support and feedback.
The certified professional coach is a valuable thought partner and confidant that assists clients in working through problems and situations that can occur at work and in life. Often the coach is the only true non-biased and honest person available to ask questions, provide unvarnished feedback, and offer constructive advice.
Coaches partner with clients in a safe, non-judgmental setting. This partnership takes clients through a creative, thought provoking process that inspires them to achieve their maximum personal and professional potential. Leading companies are willing to contribute financially to long term growth and success of team members because they care deeply about top performers and want them to succeed., thereby contributing to the long-term growth and success of the business.
Posing powerful questions may expand new and different ways of thinking about a problem and how to solve it. Challenging current ways of thinking and values systems can expose ineffective attitudes and behaviors that hold us back. The coach may share thoughts, feelings and possible solutions by using metaphor, mirrors and analogy. A good coach will never impose their solutions or personal opinions on the client.
Closing each session in a professional caring way is essential. Developing an action plan, outlining next steps and scheduling the next coaching appointment are common practices. Homework and practice techniques may be assigned. The coach may check in between coaching sessions to inquire about progress and obstacles.
The coach commits to making every appointment and to advocate on behalf of the client. In many relationship’s coaches are the only reliable, honest source of feedback the client will have. The coach agrees to prepare for each session, be fully present during the session, while demonstrating empathy, energy and commitment. Active listening is essential.