Why Use a Coach or Mentor?
Directors of businesses and owners in particular, may be gregarious and confident, but they can also be very isolated. There are not many people to whom they can turn for help, often no one in their own organisation. Uncertainty about trust and confidentiality, personal competition and the slipperiness of the business ladder often make it hard for an Owner or Director or Manager to turn to a colleague about issues that may put into question their performance or tenure.
A Fresh Mind
Perhaps even more common, however, is simply the wish to consult a fresh mind, someone who brings no investment or position of his own, an outsider who is not involved with the organisation, its culture or its politics. An independent Coach / Mentor / Trainer can reflect ideas, evoke solutions and support there implementation in a way that few insiders could ever do. Business Owners are increasingly recognising the benefits and opportunities of exploring new avenues in consultations with a coach scheduled on a regular basis, not just for themselves but for their staff also.
More Productive Management Teams
The same is true for business teams, who find they spend more and more of their time working in isolation on their specific responsibilities. When they do get together, they want their meetings to be as productive as possible, and team facilitation by an independent coach is an excellent way to achieve that. The coach is able to monitor the dynamics of the team and attend to group process while assisting and freeing the team to focus on task. If training is required this can be specific and focused to the individual needs and goals of the team.
Fast Track Development of Key People
In todays business world senior management have less and less time to act as mentors to the new blood. Employees are left to cope on their own which inevitably slows down their development. Companies are recognising the benefits of engaging experienced people from outside the business to act as mentors to key employees on a regular basis.