What is a coaching culture?
When we think about building a coaching culture, we think about ‘the way we do things around here.’
Culture (the way we do things around here) + Coaching = Coaching Culture.
We define coaching culture as: ‘the majority of people in the organisation using coaching techniques and principles’. Importantly this includes: strong listening and questioning skills, to bring out the best in individuals and teams. In addition, the coaching approach is the common way of engaging in conversations. In contrast to telling people what to do, giving advice, mentoring and other techniques.
Coaching is not the only technique or methodology used organisations. Likewise, it is not the only methodology or management/leadership tool appropriate in all situations. However, when the coaching principles and coaching tools are actively used, we can start to see this permeate the culture of an organisation.
Why is developing coaching skills important?
Developing coaching skills in the workplace has become increasingly important because:
- Organisations are calling on people to deliver more with less resources;
- Managers have great technical skills but are lacking in the people skills;
- Managers are taking on too much, and have less and less time;
- We want people to be motivated and engaged at work;
- In order to grow and develop we need to be tapping the potential of people;
- We spend all our time at work, why not have a workplace that we actually enjoy.
CULTURE (the way we do things around here) + COACHING = COACHING CULTURE
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Are you wondering whether this all sounds possible? The answer is yes. It is possible. The organisations interviewed in my book Bring Out Their Best, and many others around Australia are achieving these outcomes.
This type of culture is something that many organisations are increasingly working towards. They are are focusing on achieving the outcomes over time. As a result they will continue to achieve as people leave the organisation and others join.