Everyone needs a coach at one time or another. Coaches are a collaborative partner, someone to bounce your ideas off of and support the achievement of your goals. Coaches hold you accountable, whether you’re on the playing field or in the boardroom.

Unfortunately, coaching is often shorted in everyday business. Employees are given some training and encouragement and expected to deliver change. Long-term change in performance and behavior does not happen simply because of training and new expectations. Constant practice, reinforcement, and accountability from a mentor or coach are also needed.


Coaching is helping you maximizing your potentials!


On a basic level, coaching is about developing the capabilities of employees. It is a process that fosters self-awareness, and is aimed at helping both the organization and the leader achieve business objectives while growing the leader’s competencies.

Often the suggestion of coaching comes from a boss, deployment leader or human resources leader who is invested in developing the problem solving capability of their employees.

You start off by defining the coaching relationship and the scope. Is the engagement in-person or remote? What are the goals of the engagement? Is anyone else mentoring the employee on this project? What is the scope of our work? Someone who is new to a problem solving methodology, for example, might have a lot of questions about tool usage and terminology, whereas more experienced problem solvers might seek assistance with dealing with complexity or advanced application, or managing change.

In any situation, a critically important part of coaching is asking questions—and listening to the answers. Asking questions provides the opportunity to look at something with an objective lens.


What Makes a Good Coach?

In sports, the coach is the person who facilitates experimentation toward the development of new skills.  In personalized coaching, your coach has been trained to listen and observe, to adapt our coaching approach to the needs of each client and to promote the emergence of their individual solutions and strategies.  We believe that individuals are naturally creative and skilful

Although your coach will give you feedback and help you establish solid objectives, you remain responsible to do what is required to achieve the desired results.  Your coach is the one who sees what is missing for you to succeed, to discover, to go further, to be more efficient, to increase well-being, and to overcome difficulties.  He or she enables the emergence of means and actions to respond to situations quicker and more efficiently. 


Why Coaching ?


Specifically, coaching services are often requested for:

Clarifying a personal project (mission, values, goals), or align it with the organization’s mission. Giving more sense to leadership and facilitate the development of leadership abilities.


The coach helps someone with organizational difficulties (time and priorities management, relationships, political savvy, etc.)  Increasing productivity - Helping in conflict resolution - Supporting team building -Training to do management coaching


The coach often encounters situations as follows with clients:

Negative habits - Lack of self-confidence –Procrastination -Resistant to expand their “comfort zone”- Fear of success or fear of failure - Negative self-image- Weak organizational skills - Unbalanced lifestyle - Lack of self discipline - Anxiety and frustration - Badly defined goals - Difficulty to provide constructive feedback - Inadequate communication skills - Inadequate management skills -  Perfectionism …


How to Maximize Your Coaching Experience?


It is your coach wishes that you maximize the time you will spend together and the effect of the coaching in between your meetings.  Here are a few suggestions that will promote the optimization of your coaching experience.

Define business objectives, professional development goals or personal development targets that you really want to achieve.

Coaching results are quicker when you establish clear goals that are based on your needs and values.  Defining your Objectives is necessary, you will then be in a position to build an “Action Plan”, which will drive you toward the results and transformations you desire.

Honesty and trust. 

The best coaching relationships are built on honesty and trust and on the ability to show your weaknesses and ask for help. “You have to kind of be vulnerable,”  “and say I need help with this, I don’t know how to get started or I don’t know how to do this.”


Benefits of  External Coaching:

  • Provides a fresh perspective—an objective, 3rd party viewpoint-- to the organization and individuals.

  • Adds accountability and structure to an organization and individuals.

  • Increases the acceptance of ideas and concepts because of outside perspective.

  • Synergy is increased where creative ideas flow without judgment or “prior agenda.”

  • Assists individuals and teams in creating new, innovative approaches and solutions to existing problems.


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