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Coaching provides a safe space for you to work confidentially on issues of concern with a skilled coach. It helps you to express your thoughts and feelings freely in a supportive and non-judgemental setting and deal with the complex and confusing world of work more creatively. It is a powerful mechanism for personal and professional development, and helps facilitate personal change which leads to improved performance. Many successful managers regularly use coaching to help them deal with challenges and achieve better results.
A coaching session usually lasts one or two hours and is part of an agreed programme of between three and six sessions. Ideally, the coaching is held in a quiet, private place, away from the manager’s office. The first session of your coaching should involve checking whether you and the coach think you can work together effectively and agreeing the specific arrangements of the coaching. Most people look forward to their coaching sessions and find it an enjoyable and enhancing experience.
An OCSLD consultant can help you to decide whether an internal coach or an external coach may be the most effective option for you.
At Brookes, we have invested in our internal coaches by training staff in the well-respected Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Coaching and Mentoring Level 5 Certificate Programme. We now have a small pool of ILM qualified coaches who work in a variety of roles across the university and volunteer their time to coach colleagues. In addition to this, OCSLD consultants also offer their coaching services to colleagues.
Some people prefer to work with an external coach because they feel that an external coach can be more objective and also, they are not likely to bump into an external coach regularly at work once the coaching is finished. The factors which might influence you in making your choice include cost, availability and the nature of the issue(s) you want to work on.
OCSLD is developing a list of preferred external coaches. These people are known to us and have a successful track record as coaches. This does not guarantee success because coaching is a very personal but it does minimise the risk of a poor coaching experience. Payment for a coaching programme is usually made in advance or after the first session.