Insights: Coaching culture

August 29, 2014

For organizations struggling to engage their leaders and retain good people, creating a supportive and productive culture is a requirement not a luxury. Helping people tap into all of their talents and abilities is one way organizations can do more with less. Royal Roads’ executive coaching experts and associate faculty share their predictions on the role of coaching in business within five years.

Carollyne Conlinn

As the impact of coaching in organizations grows, leaders will invite executive coaches to teach their people how to coach. The advantage of this strategy is that many more staff can benefit from being coached. This trend may seem to limit the potential for external executive coaches to do their work. Our experience is that at the most senior levels, leaders still ask for a neutral third party to fulfill the trusted adviser role. (Learn more about Carollyne).

Scott Richardson

Executive coaching has long had its place in the HR tool kit for selective application. That will not change. Increasingly, however, it is being credited with enhancing communications, unleashing creativity and unlocking potential. In the private sector this drives profit. In the public sector it drives value. I am now seeing more senior executives in large public and private organizations seeking competitive advantage for themselves and their organizations, and they find it in executive coaching. (Learn more about Scott)

Marjorie Busse

The role of executive coaching will increase in the next five years as an internal resource to organizations. This will be filled by leaders being sponsored to become professional coaches, then returning to become a new kind of support for their peers, bosses or emerging leaders. (Learn more about Marjorie)

Alison Hendren

Executive coaching and coaching skills for leaders and managers will literally be embedded in organizations. A combination of executive coaching in the workplace and coaching skills development throughout the staff is the sweet spot. The more that people are developed internally is an investment in a larger number of people learning these skills as they work together. A recent client of mine reported impressive increases in motivation, engagement and timeliness of problem solving after leaders completed a coaching program. Any organization would love to see these kinds of results and it is these results that are supporting the growth of executive coaching and coaching skills training. (Learn more about Alison)

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