Five Essential Steps for Creating a Coaching Culture
A coaching culture is a place where:
People are continually discovering how they create their own reality and how they can change it
Everyone understands the goals of the organization and the personal contributions necessary to achieve them
Organizational resources are maximized
People focus on generative (creative) learning as well as adaptive (coping) learning
High trust relationships are visibly present where people actively seek and effectively use feedback as a powerful learning tool Step 1 ~ Establish the value of a coaching culture.
Share how a coaching culture provides a structure for how everyone can best interact with their environment and one another and stay aligned with the values and mission of the school.
Step 2 ~ Develop a shared understanding of HOW to coach.
Coaching conversations are more easily started and sustained between people. Effective communication flows in all directions in the workplace.
Step 3 ~ Lead by example.
Leaders who master coaching learn how to use powerful conversations and questions to become effective catalysts for change. Walk the talk.
Step 4 ~ Create a feedback rich environment.
Set up feedback channels where people proactively seek, strive to understand and respond to feedback to expand the performance of individuals and teams.
Step 5 ~ Communicate coaching successes across the workplace.
One-to-one coaching is a good way to prove the case for coaching. These successes can be used to help sustain momentum for building a coaching culture.
Creating a coaching culture takes time and focus. For those willing to embark on the journey, the rewards will be great as untapped talent and potential is unlocked.