Innovation Coaching FAQs

Innovation Coaching FAQs

Frequently asked questions about innovation coaching

What is innovation coaching compared to executive coaching?

“An executive coach partners with his/her clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

The impact from executive coaching is proven. The Economic Times reports “Coaching resulted in a ROI of almost six times the program cost as well as a 77% improvement in relationships, 67% improvement in teamwork, 61% improvement in job satisfaction and 48% improvement in quality.”

Using this as a foundation, the following is a definition of an innovation coach:

“An innovation coach partners with his/her clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires and equips them to maximise their ability to innovate and help others to innovate.”

Why do innovation leaders need an Innovation Coach?

Innovation. It’s an ongoing journey and you need someone in your corner.

  • An Innovation Coach can help a leader find their blind spot. We all have blind spots and we need an outsiders perspective to see them. This is especially true when it comes innovation blind spots.
  • An Innovation Coach takes a dispassionate view. Innovation can become very political inside an organisation. A leader needs a dispassionate independent adviser who doesn’t have a dog in the hunt.
  • An Innovation Coach can ask a leader questions no one else can. Leaders need to be able to talk and work through issues with someone who has the role and permission to challenge and advise. The leader cannot have this same level of conversation with their superior or team.
  • Great performers have a coach. People and teams who want to outperform their peers have coaches, whether it’s a business, leadership or personal coach. If innovation is import to you and your organisation, then you need an innovation coach.

What are the questions a coach asks that no one else will?

  • What are we doing well and that we should keep doing?
  • What are we doing that is of no value — and that we should stop doing?
  • What is it YOU most hope to do?
  • What are YOU most afraid to do?

How do you choose an innovation coach?

  • Is this innovation coach an innovator?
  • Who else are they coaching?
  • What is it about this innovation coach that is attracting this following?
  • Can I translate the approach from the innovation coach?

At Hargraves, we’ve been doing formal and informal coaching since 2006. Allan Ryan and our Hargraves team have joined thousands of individuals, each on their own innovation journey and the experience we’ve shared means we’re well qualified to coach.

As a community, we’ve built a loyal and dedicated membership and have helped hundreds of projects deliver millions of dollars in value. Our friendly approach, relationship skills, diverse experience and practical tools have a significant impact on the success of our members and their individual innovation objectives. It’s an approach and philosophy easily translated for you, your team and your organisation.

Coaching formats

Coaching can take place through a combination of different channels.

  • Face-to-face meetings at your office or somewhere close.
  • Over the phone, Skype etc
  • Via email.
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