Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes!
How coaching works
Coaching is to us a form of art. Besides having a great selection of tools and methods at our disposal, great coaching requires choosing wisely which approach to use in which situation, considering both the environment and the people.
Coaching works best if the coachee wants to be coached. Half-hearted attempts lead to unsatisfactory results. Most meaningful results are achieved when the coach is invited before major restructuring decisions are made. Often we are called to coach an organization after major decisions have been made without systemic analysis and overall optimization goal determination. This will lead to non-optimal results for your organization. Thus a coach with Systems Thinking background will bring you this advantage.
Typically coaching needs to happen at different levels of the organization: team, senior management, and top management. If coaching happens only at some levels, you can expect mediocre results at best.
Reasons for external coaching
There are a several reasons why you need an external coach in the beginning of your journey. First of all the people in your organization do not have the competence yet to support such an endeavor. Secondly, often employees listen to the external coach more compared to your internal coaches. However it is important to us that we always pair external and internal coaches.
Before starting a long-term coaching assignment I prefer to have an e.g. 10 days coaching get-to-know period in which all involved parties can be convinced about making a great choice in this longer lasting collaboration.