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     Coaching in the Workplace

People are among the most precious assets an organization possesses.  Often, they are key in creating a competitive business advantage.  Investment in, and development of this asset is essential to the ongoing health and success of a company. Personal coaching is a proven method of developing employees, and finding the right coach is critical to achieve successful outcomes. 

When I coach an employee, I act as a partner to both the employee and his sponsor, in the context of achieving organizational goals. Employees stand at the nexus of a complicated interpersonal network. They have an impact on their manager, co-workers and direct reports, as well as customers, suppliers, clients, and through them, ultimately, they influence the success of the organization.

The employee is not just an employee, however, but is also is a family member and a member of her community. As a whole person, the employee is affected by the needs and desires of others outside the workplace. But those effects can influence her ability to operate at an optimal level in the workplace.

I help my clients tap into their personal and professional motivations to achieve clearly defined goals more quickly. Meeting those goals often requires the development of different skill sets. For example, coaching may focus on developing an employee’s ability to listen deeply -- hear the message beyond the words, discern process vs. content; develop awareness of one's impact on others; respond effectively, or practice acknowledgement. Or success may require work on results orientation, such as learning to enhance personal presence, delegate effectively, prioritize, take bigger risks, balance and honor commitments, or simplify.

Personal coaching provides the opportunity to explore concerns and address needs in a manner that is customized and relevant.

What to Expect from Coaching

Coaching in a business context requires that the sponsor, the employee and I determine a way to structure the work to meet the needs of everyone involved.  Creating such a structures requires:

  • An understanding of the needs and concerns of the organization, the sponsor, and the employee
  • Assessment of the employee's situation and identification of the baseline and specific goals
  • Development of a coaching plan based upon the above
  • Contracting with the sponsor and employee regarding desired outcomes, progress review, and potential goal modifications. 

My clients can expect coaching that provides partnership, caring, confidentiality, and results. To learn more about how coaching may benefit your organization, please contact me at (541) 488-2262 or by email at jan@janjacobscoaching.com. I look forward to hearing from you.



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