Aspects of a Coaching Culture

As a faculty member of an ICF accredited coaching program, and when teaching workshops in corporate, I’m always trying to paint a picture of what it “feels like” to be surrounded in a positive, forward moving culture. 

To do this, I ask my students to create a “coaching culture” list.  During the class or workshop I mention anecdotes that illustrate this culture.   There are some very positive attributes to a coaching culture that I like to joke give it cult status. 

These coaching culture attributes also make a company or team a pretty good place to work!

Here are some of the observations:

  1. We are always in the mode of personal development. This looks like:
    • A stack of books from development or self-help
    • Constant enrollment in workshops, webinars or retreats
    • Comfortable with feedback – often responding with “yes, tell me more”
  2. We strive for curiosity in all settings, even when we have a visceral reaction to something, our job is to ask “what is making me feel this way?”  We deliberately examine our biases and attempt to look at things from the micro and macro lenses.
  3. We design a life we love, from geography, to lifestyle, to schedule – and when we see something we don’t like we seek to change it- proactively and permanently
  4. We meet people where they are, and discover with them, where they want to be
  5. We paint a vision for possibility and fulfillment of potential

So what does these coaching culture elements look like in the workplace? 

  1. High investment in people and recognize ‘transferrable skills’ to move people to areas of growth- including honest and frequent feedback, not just at HR required intervals
  2. All viewpoints are welcome in a setting, and a variety of backgrounds and contexts may just solve the problem at hand
  3. Instead of always being in ‘fix-it’ mode, seek design from a preferred process, a natural flow and using strengths-based platforms, “celebrating” who we are as a company
  4. Development of talent through multiple modalities (training, coaching, mentoring, classroom, on-the-job etc.)
  5. Expressing confidence in the employee and their capabilities by using their strengths to meet the business needs

It’s not a bad place to be. If you think these elements are desirable in your company or team- let’s chat, I’d love to partner with you to help you get there.