As more and more individuals and companies are looking for coaching services than ever before, it’s important to talk about how to measure success in this field.
Talk about the benefits of coaching is everywhere. No matter if it’s personal, executive, leadership, or other, the perks of working with a coach have not been lost on anybody.
But let’s imagine ourselves a few months or even a year down the line, as you’re working hard alongside your coach. How can you tell if the process is working for you? What are the metrics that you and your coach should be focusing on to determine if it’s successful?
How Coaching Results Are Usually Measured
Coaching is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Even if a coach works with a specific methodology, their approach will still be personalized to suit the individual needs and expectations of the client. As a result, success itself is defined based on the particularities of each client. Understanding this key aspect of coaching helps reveal the key metrics that should be taken into account when looking to review the coaching results.
So to measure the results, you need to look at the main focus areas of the process and establish the optimal way to review these areas. For instance, how you measure the results can vary widely from one focus area to another.
If the coaching process is designed to assist an employee to assume a leadership position, some metrics that could be useful to track can include:
- Employee engagement
- Employee/leadership satisfaction
- Coaching self-assessments, etc.
This would be a very different review from an instance where a person receives coaching to improve their performance, which may look at:
- How well the employee reaches targets and goals
- New skills acquired during coaching
- How the employee uses their new skills, etc.
How Can You Know If Coaching Was a Success?
Usually, the coach and the client will define success from the get-go to leave little room for interpretations or mistakes. This is done both at an organizational and individual level.
Moreover, it’s important to have a clear picture of where the process starts. To do this, coaches will often ask clients to go through short evaluations that help establish the baseline. These evaluations can then be repeated later on and when compared, the coach and the client can see the areas of improvement (or lack thereof).
At a personal level, of course, there are many other signs that coaching has yielded some benefits for you:
- Achieving specific goals
- Increased self-confidence in your abilities
- Becoming more productive
- Coming up with new creative ideas
- Becoming more responsible
- Becoming more independent and self-sufficient, etc.
Coaching reviews help track the client’s progress and even give the coach a better understanding of the areas that may require more work.
But naturally, you can define your own success when it comes to coaching. What you perceive as beneficial or an improvement is just as important as what the company or even the coach does.