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Coaching in the Workplace

The great sports coaches inspire. Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi would inspire character. Former Lakers’ Coach Phil Jackson would inspire unity. Alabama legend, Coach Nick Saban— inspires growth. What if there was a different kind of coaching you probably didn’t even know about? A kind that builds on these three qualities and so much more. Coaching in the workplace is a resource more and more companies are implementing to inspire and encourage their employees to perform to the best of their abilities while becoming the best version of themselves. Middleton Meyers is one of the companies leading the charge.

What is coaching?

According to Lee Hecht Harrison, “Coaching is a development process designed to help individuals and teams achieve and sustain top performance in ways that are linked to the organization's needs and measurable business results." Coaching is designed to help employees grow in a myriad of areas, personally and professionally. Coaching is a collaborative process designed to creates a space for the coachee to talk about their goals, their career, how they can improve their skills, enhance performance and how they can grow through changed behaviors.

A key to effective coaching is to build rapport with the coachee. A one-time coaching session could be ineffective, since the goal is to change specific behaviors to gain desired results. Having multiple sessions over a period of time helps build trust through accountability, gaining insight into the coachee’s past and lets the coach check in on the progress of the coachee’s created action plan.

Coaching in the workplace should address problem solving, developing and enhancing core competencies, achieving long term goals, and improving performance. Why are these things important? Much like Middleton Meyers, regardless of the industry we’re in— many companies are also in the industry of people. It’s the people that help us grow. It’s the people that create our culture, that drive our results and our products. It’s the people that matter. It’s the people that we want to help grow and our company’s growth is a byproduct of that.