The Shadow Coaching is an application of executive coaching whose main difference from the traditional method is that the coach is watching, real-time, meetings conducted by the manager or middle manager with his team, in their usual place of work.
Before this observation, the coach helps the client to prepare these meetings by an awareness of the areas in which you want to focus and he wants to improve from previous sessions.
After this observation, the coach helps the team leader to identify strengths of these meetings and areas for improvement. Uniting the customer's perception of itself and the perception of coach extraordinary results are achieved, because what is sought is to have two minds working, in order to create greater awareness leading to a change in the act. Also, the look of the coach as an external agent and no other purpose than improving their customer, creates a completely harmonious relationship with it.
The Shadow also has coaching equipment mode, namely, here is no longer a focus in a person and in the improvement of their skills, but on a team like being single. The main objective is to create high performance teams, coinciding with the post-observation coaching on the main aspects that make a computer run high effectiveness.
The Shadow coaching also has other areas of potential, like being in the shade in a negotiation with suppliers or customers, including direct observation of skills in public speaking.
An important aspect to highlight and which gives an added value to this discipline, is the pre and post-observation made with estilo coaching. Usually managers are generally aware of their areas for improvement and that's where the coaching comes high efficiency, that helped to change entrenched behaviors of the person, and often turned into habits and that can not be removed with the fact read a good book or attending a training course.
There are many questions that make us increasingly presented as the Shadow Coaching improvement project in a company. The most common is: “The person we are looking, Do not you feel embarrassed? o incluso Can you change their behavior by the mere fact of being there you?”
Experience tells us that people tend to control how they act in the first minutes, however, as time passes will relax and that is where your true self appears, and even many of them tell us that they often forget that they were there with them.
And the second question we are asked is: “And what about reviewers when they have to sit down and talk with your manager and see that there is a person behind the shadow?”
The recommendation we always do before starting a Shadow process is to be explained to the people involved, what is the purpose of us being there. At that time they usually realize that they are not part of “this game” and this helps them to not feel uncomfortable, even in some cases promotes more open reviewers.
How this method works?
The Shadow Coaching is very effective when you are scheduled for a half day or a full day where the manager or middle manager will need to have scheduled several individual or team meetings.
In the case of Shadow Coaching for teams is done in actual working meetings lasting a minimum of 1.5 hours, to observe the behavior of major equipment upgrades and end to a feedback through questions that generate awareness and creating a specific action plan.
In both cases, programs must last a minimum of 5 sessions so that you can see the evolution of a person or a team.
Angel Martinez Marcos
Executive Coach & Managing Partner