Following the launch of DPPD, we heard back from many of you with positive remarks about the need for this service. We also heard one prevailing inquiry - -
“Can you tell me more about coaching?"
We were anticipating this question because:
- Many international workers have never used coaching;
- Coaching (outside of organizational structures) may stigmatize people as "weak" or “needing help”;
- Most international workers live in “overdrive” – just to keep pace with their work and life demands – there is NO TIME;
- International workers wait until their organization “rewards” them with development opportunities (i.e. training, coaching and leadership).
- Can you relate?
So in this flash info, you will find information on the following:
- What is coaching?
- How does coaching relate to mentoring, counseling, consulting and training?
- Coaching issues
- Results of working with a coach
- Value of coaching investment
 ALL data is from studies conducted by the International Coaching Federation and Metrix Global
What is Coaching?
- Collaborative, personalized and confidential partnership between coach and client;
- Requires critical reflection, self-directed learning, authenticity, honest dialogue and questioning;
- Primary goal is creating positive directed change to achieve personal and professional excellence;
- Emphasizes what is possible, goals are set, and important questions are raised which lead to taking steps (action) towards the desired goal(s);
How does Coaching relate to Mentoring, Counseling, Consu?lting and Training?
To get a flavor of the different presence brought by coaches and counselors, the following metaphor will help: The counselor focuses on "working by sitting down". By contrast the coach's role is more active and focuses on "working by standing up".
- Ed Nevis 'Organisational Consulting - A Gestalt Approach'
A Consultant is trained to analyze and advise you in order to help you make the best possible choices.
A Trainer is targeting a specific behavior that you need to accomplish a specific task to assure that you learn to perform certain skills or procedures
The Mentor is an influential senior sponsor who shares her/his knowledge and expertise with you to guide and support you.
A Counselor is trained to work at a deep level and to facilitate in-depth exploration of aspects of your life, may delve into your past history and key family and non-family relationships, in order to resolve potentially painful problematic behaviors, thoughts and emotional reactions.
A Coach is trained to be action-focused and to achieve fast paced results. She/he focuses on your goals, results and works with you to create positive directed change so you can achieve personal and professional excellence and resonance.
BOTTOM LINE: There is overlap between these disciplines - and it is simplistic and inaccurate to polarize the roles and respective tools. Coaching is unique and incorporates tools from consulting, training and mentoring.
A person works with a coach for professional and personal issues at key moments in her/his life and career.
Clients, who could select as many choices as were applicable, said they work with a coach on the following issues:
• Prioritization and time management: 80.5%
• Career: 74.3%
• Relationships/Family: 58.6%
• Physical/Wellness: 51.9%
• Personal: 45.2%
• Goal-setting: 39.5%
• Financial: 38.1%
• Creativity: 11.0%
Results of working with a coach
The outcomes that clients most often attribute to their coaching are a higher level of self-awareness and self-confidence, a more balanced life, smarter goal-setting and lower stress levels.
Clients reported experiencing the following outcomes as a result of working with a coach:
• Self-awareness: 67.6%
• Setting better goals: 62.4%
• More balanced life: 60.5%
• Lower stress levels: 57.1%
• Self-discovery: 52.9%
• Self-confidence: 52.4%
• Improvement in quality of life: 43.3%
• Enhanced communication skills: 39.5%
• Project completion: 35.7%
• Health or fitness improvement: 33.8%
• Better relationship w/ boss, co-workers: 33.3%
• Better family relationship(s): 33.3%
• Increased energy: 31.9%
• More fun: 31.9%
• More income: 25.7%
• Stopped a bad habit: 25.7%
• Change in career: 24.3%
• More free time: 22.9%
• Empowered employees: 11.0%
• Project turn around: 09.0%
Closing Thought & Inquiry
The international workspace values toughness and self-reliance, to some extent rightly so. But this is not a sufficient condition for success and growth, personally and professionally.
So if toughness and self-reliance are part of the recipe but not quite enough...what else is needed to ensure your own personal and professional success and growth?
If today, you could work with a coach on any issue that is really on your mind – what would it be?