This week in our Coaching Café we kick off a series of looking at best practice in building a culture of coaching within our organisations.
Many of us across the Open Door Coaching Alumni are involved in introducing coaching into teams, business units and into the organisation. Particularly with the view of creating a culture of coaching in the workplace. However, some people ask:
In this webinar, Natalie and Paula introduce the Coaching Culture FrameworkTM. Open Door’s Framework which is being used as the best practice framework to underpin the implementation of coaching in many organisations.
Furthermore, is featured in our Diploma of Organisational Coaching (10835NAT) program. And our Coaching Culture Certification and Natalie’s book Bring Out Their Best – Inspiring a Coaching Culture in your Workplace.
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What is a coaching culture?
In the early days of thinking about culture within organisations, we adopted the simple definition of culture being “the way we do things around here”.
However, we see a culture of coaching emerging as: many people in the organisation use coaching techniques and principals. Particularly including strong listening and questioning skills to bring out the best in individuals and teams. Furthermore, coaching is a common way of engaging in conversations. Rather that telling people what to do, giving advice, mentoring and other techniques.
A framework for thinking about the culture of coaching
There are a number of elements that support the emergence of a coaching culture within an organisation. We have captured these in the diagram below, called the Coaching Culture FrameworkTM.
The Coaching Culture Framework is split into two halves. Firstly, the upper half being those elements related to the strategy of the organisation and the decisions needed to set up coaching within the organisation. Secondly, the lower half which relate to elements that enable the implementation of coaching in the organisation. The middle element is a reminder that the coaching principles sit across all factors.
We unpack each of the elements in the webinar. Importantly provide the best practice example of implementation at our Royal Australian Air Force.
Is it even possible?
The answer to this question is yes! At Air Force linked to the Strategic Plan, we have coach trained nearly 700 people. Those coaches have gone on to roll out coaching in the organisation. You can read about the case study here and listen to the webinar.
Yes, it is possible. It may take some time as culture evolves and changes over time.
But in the meantime, we can implement the coaching principles in our everyday coaching conversations.
Perhaps this is a good chance to review what’s happening in your organisation against best practice.
Get ready to inspire!
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