It was about five years ago that I recognized key issues that limited almost every leadership development and coaching program I had witnessed – programs I saw dozens of other trainers running, and programs that I was running as a seasoned Executive Coach at 5.12 Solutions – a leadership development firm that I founded almost 20 years ago in Boulder, Colorado.
- Leaders were constrained by old style workbooks. Not that workbooks were bad – but as a toolset, they were never available where and when a leader needed them most. Workbooks weren’t fulfilling the “just in time” need that leaders have in their fast-changing, high-tech work environment.
- Discipline and accountability were hard to maintain. We’ve all seen the paper-based action plans in coaching and leadership development programs. They are well intended. But, they are put on a shelf and almost never reviewed and revisited. Unfortunately, most action plans are also rarely calibrated with a coachee’s manager to ensure the learning process is aligned with business needs.
- Tracking and reporting outcomes were difficult to measure. Most trainers utilize the typical workshop evaluations, commonly referred to as “smiley sheets”, at the end of a workshop or coaching session. But measuring and understanding actual behavior change created as a result of a training or coaching engagement was almost non-existent.
Sparked from our desire to innovate, we set out to create a coaching assessment tool that goes beyond traditional leadership programs to build in accountability, transparency and measurement. What I didn’t know, and could never have imaged, was that the solution would take me on a path that has challenged the status quo in leadership training and pushed me to new heights as a leadership coach.
Introducing Coachmetrix, a comprehensive, secure cloud-based coaching platform. It provides all the features you need to support your entire coaching process. Easily and securely communicate with your coachees, set action plans, track progress on goals, exchange resources, and more.
We designed Coachmetrix to make your coaching and leadership development programs more compelling by (1) making tools and content readily available on any mobile device, (2) creating discipline through an online action planning process that can be reviewed by management and in coaching and training sessions, and (3) providing a system of pulse feedback and feedforward so that you can literally track and measure change in leadership behavior. Quite simply, it allows you to keep up with tech-savvy, busy coachees and show your clients the proof of their investment.
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