Coaching in this arena often comes about because of a need to eliminate
roadblocks in an organization or to generally find ways to enhance operations.
In either circumstance, techniques are explored to benchmark the current status
of how things
work in the organization. Based on the size, nature, structure, and processes of an
an appropriate methodology is selected to use as a way forward with continuous
Champions in the top echelons of management need to be identified, as well as
influencers throughout the organization who can be included in a central planning
team. Then, a work area needs to be identified where the continuous improvement
process can be applied for the best
visible results. It is often best to begin with the initiative in a pilot area.
This will allow for closer monitoring and adjustments to occur. The process,
together with a real-life in-house example,
can be written up as a guide for the execution of continuous improvement throughout
The success can be communicated so as to market the benefit of going the
improvement route. The organization may now be ready to implement the methodology
throughout the different work areas. A comprehensive strategy needs to be devised
that will ensure the necessary training is given, support is available, and a
measurement and adjustment system is in place.
Coaching for continuous improvement was one of the strategic priorities in the
balanced scorecard for a client’s strategic plan. The executive who was championed
to lead this initiative needed assistance to figure out a way to approach it.
Coaching enabled him to devise a customized
process for the organization. He was also given the responsibility to lead this
initiative. His efforts were challenged, critiqued, and expanded upon during the
coaching sessions. It took him a full planning cycle to imbed the methodology in
It is optimum to achieve the complete integration of a continuous improvement
The benefit of receiving coaching is the exploratory nature of this approach,
that occurs through capacity building, and the enhancement of results for the