How can an organization get the best coaches in India. As an organization, Greenlatte helps its clients design and run scale coaching engagements globally. The question above is one of the most common one that we get.
Education on identifying the best coach in the country is important. It is also important for organization to think of the parameters they want to evaluate such that they are able to identify the best coach of their organization.
Sine there is no unique answer, the question needs to be re framed. Who is the best coach for my organization? It may also be extended to who is the best coach in different business districts of India. This includes cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.
This article covers a few essentials that an organization may look at while selecting the best coaches in India. Factors that determine a great coach are:
1. Relatedness with a coachee:
Relatedness with a coachee indicates how well does a coachee connect with a coach.
This may be the single most important factor of success in any coaching relationship.
There is a strong need for a coach to relate to the individual and their challenges.
A coach can relate to a coachee through either area of work, common back grounds, having gone through the same issue. Emotional connect may be another area to focus on when checking relatedness.
As an organization, always ask for a free initial chemistry session between the coach and the coachee.
2. Certification in coaching:
Certifications here refers to coaching certifications that a person may . This has been a subject of significant debate. Over the last few years, as coaching has evolved itself, there has also been a proliferation of several establishments offering coaching certifications. These includes bodies like ICF, Marshall Goldsmith, Columbia Business School among others. There is also a body of thought that claims that certificates do not make a good coach.
All arguments are true, from different perspectives. Just like a degree in management does not make a strong leader. It shows intent. A certification in coaching does not make a good coach. It only shows intent.
Intent is important however. It is important because it helps align vocabulary to a common base. As an organization readies itself to run a scaled coaching, having diversity in vocabulary and styles will be counter productive overall.
It is therefore advisable to an organization to adopt a certain methodology and seek coaches with that certification to run scaled coaching engagements.
3. Experience in coaching
The third and the next most important attribute to selecting the best coach is the experience in coaching that a coach brings in. Coaching, as most of people based skills is enrichened by diversity of experience. Search for experience using the T model. There should be a width of experience and then a depth in a particular area of coaching.