Essay about Understanding Good Practice in Workplace Coaching

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What is coaching – “The coach works with the clients to achieve a speedy, increased and sustainable effectiveness in their lives and careers through focused learning. The coach’s sole aim is to work with the client to achieve all of the client’s potential-as defined by the client” The Coaching Manual Starr, J 2008.

There are fundamental personal qualities, coaching competencies and skills that are needed to become a good coach.

These include but are not limited to

Be an active listener this is when the coach is focused on what you are saying, recording facts and paying attention

Capable of building rapport this can be done with being a good observer of body language and non
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When setting up a coaching session a way in which the coach can ensure that the coach carries out the coaching relationship in a professional manner, is to set up a contract with the client prior to the start of the relationship. This may be either written or verbal but should include both the coach and clients expectations, responsibilities if the worst fears materialise, it should also include the issues of confidentiality, boundaries and professional and ethical conduct.

It is important that the client is assured that any information revealed in the coaching session is confidential and kept that way, this promotes trust and confidence in the relationship, which in turn will promote openness.

Learning styles and barriers to learning can be by the VARK to give a profile of learning preferences of how a person takes in and gives out information or Tidwell and Rodgers Practical learning styles Questionnaire. The VARK learning styles determines if the person learns by being a theorist, reflector, activist and/or pragmatist. The practical learning styles questionnaire looks at how people learn by their orientation, whether they are a realistic or creative, by their interaction, are they a doer or a thinker, by how they represent things, either by words or pictures, and how they process information, whether they are a surface or deep processor. There are many other
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