Are you a new manager or supervisor? Or have you been asked to incorporate coaching into your management role? Perhaps you’re keen to expand your knowledge and skills on the subject. If so, then this book is written for you. This little e-book is a basic introduction to coaching, with some examples and exercises, to give you the confidence to get started. Of course, I hope that you will see the benefits of using coaching techniques in your day-to-day work, and will want to read more or take a coaching course, so there are some useful links in the final chapter. You might also see the value in engaging a coach yourself to help you move forward in your career. In the meantime, let’s make a start.
Some people like to debate the difference between Coaching and Mentoring. Is there a difference? Technically, yes, but in practice it’s not that important. Usually mentors are people in your organisation who are already skilled at your job, who may have worked there longer, and who can help you to progress in the company. A coach does not necessarily need to know all about your job role, or the people involved in the problem, but can ask meaningful questions, help you plan your next steps and then encourage you as you move towards your agreed goal. But coaching by managers and supervisors usually involves a combination of the two approaches, so you are using your own experience as well as helping your colleagues to make progress in their work.