“But I Need to Do My Coach Development In-House”
Outsourcing is a cop out, I do everything in-house
Outsourcing is certainly not inherently bad. I’ve written before on whether you should outsource your programming. As long as you are purposeful and considered in your decision, then it’s a meaningful one for you. And here’s something to help you decide – it should be right for the coaches, the business, and the members.
If you are struggling to spend time on your coach development programme itself, never-mind systemising, documenting, and evaluating it, then consider getting coach development professionals to help you. Coaching is a profession, and training others up to become coaches should not be taken lightly.
I want my coaches to teach my way, so I need to teach them in-house
I can’t afford to pay for my coaches to go on courses or a development programme
Then don’t. There are many creative, cost-effective, supportive, and mutually beneficial ways you can help your coaches with their coach development. The facility owners we work with use varied approaches.
The most effective options I’ve encountered include:
- Paying for the base development for all coaches with further CPD to be covered by each coach.
- Matching the contribution of the coaches up to a certain limit.
- Providing the coaches the option of an interest free loan.
- Tying in future pay increases to CPD completed.
- Making the course a compulsory part of the development programme.
Coaching Is Your Lifeblood
Coaching IS what you and your team do. It’s your main service, your point of contact with your paying members, and your differentiator. However you choose to move forward with your coach development programme – make sure it is purposeful for all, brings sustainability to your business and life as a business owner, and provides opportunities for progression both for the coaches and for the business.