Is an Internal Coaching Program the Right Solution for Your Company?

by Renée Robertson

It took me two attempts and two years to secure the support for an internal coaching program. In hindsight, I see that I was swimming against a strong “anti-coaching” political current. My Human Resources business partner must have sensed this at the time. He would repeatedly ask me if I was sure I wanted to go through with my proposal. Had I thought through what the consequences might be of having the proposal accepted or declined? My response remained, “Yes, we need to do something. Our employees and managers deserve such a program, and we need to develop our talent and achieve our targets. Doing nothing is not an option.” He told me, “Okay, then I will support you. However, I am not sure where this will go and how I will be able to help you if things go wrong.”