More often than not, top executives, who bring immense value to an organization, bring with them some or the other derailing behavior. A derailing behaviour is a pattern that could be a show stopper. While the organization and colleagues immensely value the professional wisdom and business acumen of the person, a set of behaviors color the entire experience of working with the individual. This is where a coaching could be of great value.
Behavior coaching is usually confused with counseling or psychiatric intervention to bring about a change in behavior of the client to help them function normally. However, behavior coaching is not related to counseling or psychiatric intervention. It also does not promise to bring about changes that are unrealistic in nature. It works on a realistic paradigm which aims at bring about change in actions, reactions and responses of individuals, teams and organizations.
The behavior coaching is based on the principle that all of the human behavior is learned, our learned behaviors have become our existing patterns of behavior and each of these behaviors have positive and negative outcomes. Behavior coaching model believes that since most of our behaviors are learned, they can be changed in order to result in positive outcomes. Behavior coaching facilitates in exploring our behaviors, values, attitude, perceptions, beliefs, motives, emotions and actions that can help us make significant changes in our behaviors. It enables us to understand if our behaviors are emotional based or intellectual based.
The behavior coaching model is basically derived from various disciplines such as psychology, leadership and management, philosophy and organizational sociology. It is not a counseling courses that has been renamed as behavior coaching but is defined as " the science and art of facilitating the performance, learning and development of the individual or team, which in turn assists the growth of the organization"