4. Coaching skills training expands
Workshops on developing coaching skills are being added to many leadership and business development programs. Generally speaking, these are one- or two-day trainings where participants practice the core coaching competencies of asking questions, listening, and recapping what they’ve heard the coachee say to ensure shared understanding.
This training trend is especially strong in the areas of health care, technology, and management consulting.
Just as CareSource uses coaching to develop its leaders, Canada’s progressive Nova Scotia Health Authority has one full-time coach and several coaches-in-training to help physicians transition into leadership roles. LifeBridge Health, owner of four large Maryland hospitals, embeds coaching skills training in its leadership development for physicians. Many former MDs and surgeons now specialize in the niche of coaching physicians. An online coach training program has even sprung up that leads to the designation of Professional Medical Coach (PMC).
“A physician could be in the operating room in the morning and in the boardroom that afternoon,” explains one coach. “Coaching can help physicians learn leadership and self-management skills that will help them be effective in both places.”
In the oil and gas sector, a mid-sized management consulting firm wanted to expand its business opportunities with a finite customer base. “Selling our clients on new ideas required talking and working with them differently,” says a corporate VP. The pitch was made to train internal managers in coaching skills.Download Article 500 Club