Measuring the impact of coaching is harder than one might think. That’s why it’s essential that any person being coached has a robust development plan that identifies a positive set of outcomes and steps along the way.
Here is what we’ve learned after coaching executives for more than 16 years.
Be specific—specificity is KEY.
In a recent analysis of 35 senior leaders, we found that less than 20 percent created SMART goals. When asked, most leaders could comment on what they wanted to achieve, but hedged their bets on outcomes and impact.
Link development to business strategy.
Blanchard Coaching Services ensures that at the end of every executive coaching engagement, the leader—with the support of the coach—takes time to reflect on what they have achieved during coaching; what they are most proud of; and how outcomes have influenced them, their people, and the business. Then we take it…
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