Coaching and Mentoring
Coaching as a concept has developed in leaps and bounds in the last 25 years and is now available in many “flavors”. There are the broad categories of executive coaching, business coaching, career-coaching, and life-coaching, but there are also the many skill-building coaching approaches which focus on areas such as presenting to others, negotiating with people or even selling more successfully.
Whatever kind of coaching an individual may be interested in doing, a diagnostic appraisal of the capacity to coach well is always a useful first step. In ideal circumstances a good coaching assessment with therefore identify areas of strength and areas that are in need of development to give individuals a chance to hone or polish skills and become a better coach. This means that a particular person will be much more effective in using this increasingly critical skill and make the major difference in his or her ability to empower the people that he or she coaches much more successfully.
The “Coaching Effectiveness assessment” (see link below) provides a comprehensive process for assessing an individual’s capacity to coach others. This is done by measuring the respondent’s coaching ability in the seven categories listed below:
- Empathizing Ability
- Listening Skills
- Capacity to Confront And Challenge
- Problem Solving Ability
- Feedback Giving Skills
- Capacity to Empower
- Mentoring Skills
This online and paper-based coaching assessment gives individuals the opportunity to not only carry out a self-assessment (which provides scores and interpretive information in all seven of the above categories) but also allows participants to undertake the coaching assessment as 180-degree feedback (including his or her boss) and even 360-degree feedback (adding in up to ten colleagues as well). Individuals end up with a personalized report of results which also then shows where efforts to improve or make small adjustments in approach may be focused in the future. The $20 spent on this assessment is therefore well-worth the investment.