A Coaching Culture’s Impact

April 19, 2016

Creating A Coaching Culture

Spring means sports! The focus on sports brings the role of a coach to the forefront.  We have all seen teams function on all cylinders to accomplish what seemed impossible.  A coach is a big part of success in the sports world and now in business, the role of a coach is an important business differentiator.

The current state of the “talent challenge” has led many organizations to reevaluate how they recruit, develop, and retain top talent.   As the workforce has evolved from an industrial to a knowledge economy, organizations are seeking new ways to develop leaders at all levels within their organization. They are looking to provide paths for continuing growth.

Employees are seeking a culture of engagement. They want to be valued and feel that they “belong” as they work toward a common purpose with the team.

While coaching is effective one on one, the development of a coaching culture impacts the culture contributing to a positive and productive organization.  A coaching culture is one in which managers have been trained in the coach approach to manage and develop their people.  In a coaching culture, structured coaching occurs and a large portion of the organization practices coaching behaviors in both formal and informal relationships.  These coaching behaviors of questioning, listening, clarifying and reflecting take the place of hierarchical, top down management.  Coaching behaviors empower and affirm employees, focus on employees’ strengths and drive business results through goal setting and accountability.

A coaching culture develops through formal coach training and through the cultural norms that support informal coaching throughout the employee development process.  Seizing coachable moments in everyday decision making is an important part of a coaching culture.  In order for coaching cultures to grow, leaders and managers must demonstrate and model coaching behaviors.  Performance expectations and rewards are built around the values of the coaching culture and strategic plans are in place to continue to develop the coaching culture both formally and informally.

At Lytle EAP Partners, LLC , a subsidiary of AllOne Health, we have focused our attention on the well-being of individuals and organizations and developed a network of certified coaches to meet individual and organizational growth opportunities. Our network of coaches are ICF certified and represent a wide range of skills to build leaders, grow internal coaching cultures and business results.  For information go to our coaching page or contact us.