I am writing in response to your news story, ‘Coaches sow seeds of chaos’ (Personnel Today, 10 January).
Responsibility for what an employee learns in a coaching programme must be shared between the organisation and the coach.
Before hiring a coach, an organisation should ask:
- What coaching qualification do you hold and through which coaching organisation?
- What are the principles of your coaching practice based on? This question will flush out any coaches who are not using coaching best practice.
- Are you undertaking supervision? Professional coaches have a supervisor who ensures that the coach practices ethically and to a strong standard.
Best practice coaches would never engage in a coaching programme without having a preliminary session with the line manager and the employee to ensure that the goals and objectives of the coaching programme are aligned with the needs of the organisation and the individual.