Setting Goals and Targets in Business Coaching Sessions
Choosing a Definitive Date for the Next Business Coaching Meeting
At the end of a business coaching session, the coach and the person receiving the coaching will usually determine some goals and targets for them to achieve either in the long term or in between this meeting and the next coaching session, which should be scheduled for a specific date in the future rather than just leaving it open ended and saying that the next one should take place at "sometime".
Goals Need to be Neither Too Easy Nor Too Hard
Whether it is a short term or a long term target or goal, it is important that they are neither too easy to achieve nor too hard. If the goals are too easy, it will not provide much of a sense of achievement, nor is it likely to have developed the skills of the person very much, which is in essence the whole point of them receiving business coaching in the first place. If the goals or targets are too hard to achieve, then the employee may become disheartened and de-motivated if it becomes clear that there is no way that they can achieve it/them. This may lead to a drop in performance in the workplace which is the direct opposite of what the business coaching sessions are trying to accomplish.
Measuring Success or Failure in Goal Achievement
A good business coach will not simply set a target and let the person try and achieve it on their own, but will work with them in the sessions to develop an action plan which they can use to help them realise these goals. For either qualitative or quantitative targets it is important that a pre-determined way of measuring the success or failure of their efforts is established in order to accurately gauge the person's performance.