(Coach) Yet, it is often confusing to know which method to use and why, particularly during the current coronavirus Covid-19 crisis. For this reason, executives typically follow experts who provide pearls of wisdom, such as Marshall Goldsmith, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for management education from the Institute for Management Studies. Goldsmith was inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame in 2018 and is ranked one of five most-respected executive coaches by Forbes, one of the top ten executive educators by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the 15 Greatest Business Thinkers in the World by The Times.
But for the latest intellectual thought on coaching methodology, we must turn our attention to the education sector. Within this, the BASIC Coaching Method has emerged from Andy Buck, the founder of Leadership Matters. His latest work may become seminal, for it offers a uniquely powerful way to structure conversations, outlining the essential skills needed to communicate effectively – so desperately needed within our post-pandemic world.
5 ways coaches :
- Understand the background of a situation.
- Allow the coachee or colleague to start to organize their thoughts.
- Create an opportunity to focus on the positives, not just the issues.
- Define the aim or goal the coachee wants to achieve.
- Agree clarity on timeframes and what success will look like.
- Focus on the benefits.
- Focus on the high-level options or strategy.
- Keep away from the detail at this stage.
- Explore all the possibilities, not just the first ideas that emerge.
- Fine-tune the strategies into actions, in particular, the very next steps.
- Consider sketching out a rough plan of action to follow after that.
- Get started on their first step can be all that’s needed.
- Check in on how energized your coachee is to get going.
- Offer real challenge on their level of commitment if needed.
- Ask how they will sustain whatever they have decided to do.