Coaching as a Tool
Coaching is one tool that is often recommended as something that can assist senior doctors in their work and management challenges.
Coaching can also be useful to trainees.
There are many definitions of coaching. The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as:
Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
The actual evidence for coaching can be best described as “emerging” but there are promising recent results and coaching leverages off well established evidence-based strategies from the psychotherapies.
Coaching has some similarities with techniques that doctors may be more familiar with such as supervision and mentoring. All tools are relationships to provide assistance to the coachee/supervisee/mentee.
However, coaching is focused more on an equality of relationship and assisting the coachee to develop their own goals and insights for solutions.
Examples where coaching could be useful (as opposed to supervision or mentoring):
- A trainee struggling to establish a plan for training
- A new consultant struggling to delegate tasks
Coaching can often be paired with a 360 Evaluation.