Positive case studies and experience will serve to dispel any doubts. These days there is plenty of hard evidence available from these coaching self-regulating bodies:
- The Association for Coaching (AC)
- The International Coaching Federation (ICF)
- The European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).
Additional resources are the CIPD and their magazine “Coaching at Work” and the very informative NLP ReSource Magazine offering “Information about life enhancing change to the personal and business development world”.
These magazines are packed with useful case studies and articles on both coaching and mentoring.
Relationships are key. It is worth noting that the quality of the relationship during any professional conversations or coaching sessions will have a direct impact on how much you achieve. When you coach and/or mentor your staff or peers you will begin to notice real progress and change. This can only occur when your focus is on the quality of the relationship and not so much on the content. The way you ask and form your questions, and how sensitively you present your feedback, will have a direct influence on the outcomes.