So let me cut straight to the chase. Soon, you’ll be planning how your company dollars are going to be spent to educate your staff and expand your personal knowledge base so that you are on the cutting edge in 2012. You’ve got the traditional way to spend it…on (yawn) cattle call seminars at some cold, uninviting hotel, where the speakers drone on and on and on; or you can spend it on tailor made, personalized life and business coaching.
Let me take a few minutes to make the case for life and business coaching as an example of the BEST way to spend your resources. First, let’s talk about the familiar, traditional seminars:
It basically lectures…b-o-r-i-n-g!
It’s one size fits all speeches…maybe they fit your company’s needs, maybe they don’t
The information presented tends to be general, not specific
It’s not the best ‘bang for your buck’ option
Feel free to add your own negative points like “the food is terrible,” “it’s tedious,” “it’s not interactive…”
Now, let’s talk about life and business coaching and why it’s a better fit for your company:
Let me give you an example. Let’s say that you have formed a team to work on a new project. This team has never worked together before. It brings together an employee from IT, finance, HR, design, and logistics. These employees are exceptional individuals. There is just one problem…they are each leaders in their respective departments and when they’re thrown together, you have concerns that everyone is going to try to jockey into position to ‘be the leader’ and they won’t be collaborative and work well as a team.
This scenario cannot be handled in a seminar! You need a trained life and business coach to get in the trenches with your people to assess their strengths and weaknesses as individuals, so that they can be plugged in for maximum effectiveness in the team. The business coach also assists them in clarifying the vision for the project, and in setting goals and action steps for carrying the project through to success.
Happy Holidays to you and yours this Christmas season!