Safety coaching and mentoring – process or relationship?

Coaching and mentoring, once the preserve of executives and bright young things on a fast-track to the top, are increasingly becoming a standard feature of corporate life. Additionally, the ability to coach and mentor is more and more being seen as an essential management skill. So what happens during coaching exactly?

Coaching situations arise in different ways. In formal executive and management coaching situations where an external coach or coaching organisation is involved, there may be pre-contracting and contracting stages before actual coaching sessions commence. These preliminary stages are where agreements are made about the purpose and objectives of the coaching programme and the specific arrangements for individual sessions.

Such formal coaching is still rare for safety practitioners. Nevertheless, coaching opportunities arise on an almost daily-basis. Here are some typical scenarios.

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