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"Evaluate Your Organization's Coaching Climate"


(For individual use only, not to be reproduced or used in any way without permission)
About the Quiz.

The history of a group or team and the member's view of how things are, or should be, will effect the level and type of coaching that occurs. The sum of these views we call the "Coaching Climate." It is valuable to see how "warm" or "cold" the climate is for coaching in your team.

Note: The following quiz is a quick, yet excellent, team-building activity. Have each member of your team complete a printout of the quiz. Ask one person to collect the completed surveys and tabulate the results.

Schedule a team meeting for a least one hour to discuss the implications of the responses and the coaching climate that exists within your team. The more important question and needed commitment is: "What would we like these answers to be and how are we going to get there if a gap occurs between our present action and desired future state?"

Note that many times such meetings or interactions will be more constructive and will lead to more positive changes if they are guided by an outside facilitator.
 


Coaching Climate Quiz

Name:

Describe what coaching means in your work area/group. What really happens?

Answer the following statements as you see the coaching that actually goes on now in your immediate work area/group. The more open and honest you are the more valuable the assessment will be for you.

Category 1. Coaching: What, when and who?
    Strongly
Disagree
Disagree Neither
Agree Nor
Disagree
Agree Strongly
Agree
1 Coaching, in my work area/group, occurs both when things go right and when things go wrong. A B C D E
2 I am willing to initiate conversations with others in my work area/group about my performance or opportunities for growth and change. A B C D E
3 In my work area/group, everyone, not just the manager, accepts the responsibility to coach others. A B C D E
Category 2. Do we support one another?
    Strongly
Disagree
Disagree Neither
Agree Nor
Disagree
Agree Strongly
Agree
4 When others in my work area/group coach me, I view them as an ally. A B C D E
5 In my work area/group there is a high level of respect for individuals' capabilities and uniqueness. A B C D E
6 In my work area/group, people are willing to help and assist one another. A B C D E
7 In my work area/group, I feel people generally support one another. A B C D E
Category 3. What are our coaching discussions like?
    Strongly
Disagree
Disagree Neither
Agree Nor
Disagree
Agree Strongly
Agree
8 Coaching, in my work area/group, are honest discussions, information is not withheld. A B C D E
9 In my work area/group talking about performance problems or defects is good, not bad. A B C D E
10 In my work area/group, others are receptive to feedback and suggestions. A B C D E
11 During discussions with others in my work area/group, I can count on them to listen and understand. A B C D E
Category 4. How receptive to coaching are we?
    Strongly
Disagree
Disagree Neither
Agree Nor
Disagree
Agree Strongly
Agree
12 I am willing to be coached by others in my work area/group. A B C D E
13 In my work area/group, the commitment to achieve excellent results is high. A B C D E
14 In my work area/group, I find others flexible, willing to learn, and try new things. A B C D E

 


For the team meeting:

  • Put each team member's definition of coaching together on one sheet of paper.
  • Summarize the results in a series of fourteen graphs. This will highlight any agreement or disagreement on how members perceive the coaching climate in the team.

Remember, we are available to help administer this quiz and other assessment instruments, and to coach you in coaching your team.


About this quiz.

This quiz was developed by Matt M. Starcevich, Ph.D., CEO, Center for Coaching & Mentoring, Inc.

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Contact Matt Starcevich at matt@coachingandmentoring.com
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