Coach Approach to Leadership - Now More Than Ever

by Coaching Out of the Box

We’ve got an emergency going on! Government, healthcare, manufacturing, education, services or non-profit are being challenged to keep up with multiple ongoing changes while also paying attention to growth. Everyone is being asked to do more with less. Most of you have seen a host of new technology and rapidly changing systems that require your business environment to be agile, innovative, responsive and adaptable. There has been a tremendous shift from algorithmic work to heuristic work. In other words, the shift from routine, repetitive measurable work, to work that involves critical thinking, analysis and creativity. Approximately 70% of current job growth in North America is in heuristic work and it is only growing. The old carrot and stick approach worked well in the old algorithmic environment but researchers have found it can be devastating in a heuristic environment. What is more effective for this environment is competency in soft skills…enter coaching. 

Taking a Coach Approach to Leadership means mining the very best from others by partnering with them to discover their unique motivation system and strategizing with them to work in alignment with it. Taking a coach approach also means asking others to stretch beyond their comfort zones and leveraging their strengths in a variety of areas such as change, creativity, decision making, communication and even conflict. Having people work in alignment with their unique motivation system and stretching beyond what they would ask of themselves is imperative to creating an organizational culture that is agile, innovative, responsive and adaptable. Get going in bringing a coach approach to your leadership and your organization. We are here to help you. We've designed courses and tools just for you. How can you start? Check out the options below.
  • Join our next FREE Webinar on the topic of Using A Coach Approach to Leadership. Wednesday, April [email protected] a.m. Pacific time. We will be discussing this very compelling topic. Make sure you have an understanding of what this approach can do for your organization and your career. We will be giving you real tools and practical tips to help you transition to Using A Coach Approach to Leadership. Be sure to join us. Click Here to register.
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Addressing a Void in the Marketplace

by Coaching Out of the Box

Coaching Quotient


How do you know if your Organization is ready for coaching?  Bruce McLeod, our Chief Culture Officer spent some time sharing how we’re improving our measurement processes to ensure they are simple and relevant, using our Coaching Readiness Assessment for Organizations Tool and our Coaching Quotient™.  


“It’s very difficult to measure a return on investment for soft skills like coaching. We see a void in a solid way to do that within the field of coaching and these assessments are our attempt to address that void in the marketplace.”

– Bruce McLeod, Chief Culture Officer


Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Organizations interested in implementing coaching can take the Coaching Readiness Assessment for Organizations. (Bruce’s tip: “Having someone highly aware of the culture of your organization (e.g.; Human Resource representative) will be able to provide the most accurate responses, but this assessment can be done by anyone aware of how the organization functions.”)
  2. We send an immediate thumbnail sketch of where you’re at on the continuum of coaching readiness. Then we follow up with you to talk about how we can help you move further along.
  3. Once we’ve set up your coaching program, we offer you the opportunity to utilize our Coaching Quotient™, which is a scorecard that we develop together to ensure it reflects the areas you want to see improved and areas we feel coaching can offer benefit.


These measurement tools are made especially for Coaching Out of the Box® clients and created by Coaching Out of the Box® leaders. So you know we’re designing and aligning these assessments with our teachings and practices and your desired areas of improvement in mind.   We want to ensure you get the best results possible.



READY TO GET STARTED? You can now fill out the Coaching Readiness Assessment for Organizations ONLINE!

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Coaching Works!

by Coaching Out of the Box

 We’ve been hearing so much great feedback on how coaching is changing the way people do business, improving lives, and helping companies receive substantial benefits. Here’s just a couple recent success stories, we’re excited to share:

  • One of our clients had their managers take our 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ and the associated Virtual Practicum. We’re thrilled to report their results showed great improvements in BOTH retention of employees AND faster acceleration of managers to higher levels of leadership – and it’s because of the coaching skills they’ve implemented in their company’s practices!

  • Another 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ participant reported receiving great feedback on improved leadership skills, which she attributed to the coaching techniques she’s applied at work!

We’re so glad to be a part of helping people achieve more and be better at what they do every day!

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Coaching Out of the Box® Empowers Saskatchewan Healthcare Leaders

by Coaching Out of the Box




A team of 10 trainers plus Coaching Out of the Box® Founder and CEO, Alison Hendren, and Brooke Simmons (Operations Manager with Coaching Out of the Box®), delivered our flagship The 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program to 125 leaders from Saskatchewan Healthcare over two days in Saskatoon in March. 




This was our 3rd year delivering this program.  The participants will be incorporating these much needed skills to support their leadership proving that coaching is a much needed competency for all leaders and managers….AND EVERYONE!!


What is particularly interesting is how effectively the coaching skills support Saskatchewan Health’s integration, the Lean Methodology, which focuses on process improvement.  All of the attendees learned to leverage coaching skills and tools over the two day program plus continue their learning through the 6 weeks of Coaching Skills Practicums via our virtual classrooms. 






(Top) Every program participant receives our materials box, which all the coaching tools for the program come out of (get it?)

(Center) The 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ participants shared a collage of their insights, feelings, and energies following Day 2 of the program.

(Bottom) Marilyn Orr and Jan Carley ready to go in Saskatoon!  

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Embracing the Coaching Culture: How organizations can make a difference for new employees

by Coaching Out of the Box


Lost Women 


"Culture is what people do when no one is looking." Culture is a way of being and engaging that aligns with the often unwritten expectations of the local community. As travelers or immigrants to a new country can tell you, adapting to a culture elevates a distinct awareness that you are now the student in a life lesson of humility. You must learn the way things are done, the language spoken, and that your experience in other cultures does not necessarily matter here. Hopefully it will enhance your ability to meld into this new way of life, but it does not guarantee it. It can be difficult to feel like you belong.


Organizational cultures are no different. Employees new to a company enter a foreign crowd of people already at home in their environment. Belonging is a right to be earned.


A well-designed coaching culture can offer a variety of benefits that effectively engage new employees into the flow of the company processes. For instance, providing a guide or a coach for new employees can help them better navigate the moments of uncertainty and loneliness in an unfamiliar crowd, offer them someone designated to answer their questions, and provide general support and information to ease their transition.


Organizations with strong coaching cultures affirm the value of new employees by providing an environment that facilitates adaptation into an already established community. In these organizations, leaders play an active role in the growth of employees and “making the numbers” is no longer most important. This culture is integrated into daily processes at all levels of leadership, many even including coaching as a line item in their budgets.


Coaching is shown to lead to “increased engagement, faster on-boarding, and faster leadership development.” Millennials, currently entering the workforce, who are offered coaching within six months of employment, are less likely to leave. Companies with active coaching cultures are also rewarded with increased productivity, higher return on investment, and retention of satisfied employees who have found a community where, when no one is looking, they feel like they belong.



Photo credit: Left Field Consulting

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