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Are there any prerequisites to have Coaching?

Are there different styles of coaching?
There are different types of coaching styles but all have the same basic foundation. Coaches use tools and skills drawn from behavioral sciences, sports coaching and consulting to enhance the client’s awareness, generate worthy goals and succeed in making the client take ownership and responsibility towards achieving these goals.

Can I break or cancel my coaching engagement?

Can I postpone or advance sessions?
Yes, but you need to give 24 hour notice to your Coach.

Do Coach needs to be a domain expert or SME of Coachee’s industry?
No. Coaches don’t need to know everything about an area to coach a coachee in it.

Do I need to attend all sessions in an engagement?
Best results come only when all the sessions are attended.

Do I need to spend extra time during coaching?
Yes, you need to spend extra time and effort to bring out the hi-potential hidden inside.

Do I pay for first session in Coaching engagement ?
First session is free.

How affordable is a coaching program?
Coaching in India is still in its nascent stages and rates can vary widely between coaching companies and individual coaches.

How Coachee likely to feel prior to taking up coaching engagement ?
A Coachee likely to have feelings ranging from Curiosity to excitement to Cynical. It depends the level of understanding and prior experience with coaching.

How Coaching different from Mentoring, Counseling, Consulting or Training?
Coaching has influence from many related disciplines like Philosophy, psychology, mentoring, NLP, counseling and others. Unlike Therapy, Coaching is about moving forward, not analyzing the past. Coaching looks at ‘HOW’ , not ‘WHY’. Coaching does not try and solve people’s personal problems or issues, though sometimes they get solved along the way. Unlike Consulting, Coaches do not give advice. They get people make choices between ideas rather than telling them ‘ what to do’. A consultant does a job for you where as Coach support you to do the job better yourself. A consultant provides facts, figures,reports, information or some other kind of work. A Coach has a conversation to support you to be best you can be Coaching is not training. Coaches do not a preset curriculum to follow, and coach does not have information to be imparted to the Coachee. Coaching a different experience for each and every Coachee. Mentoring tends to be focused closely on career development. Coaching is far broader and is applicable to any area of life. Coaching is not giving people advise based on your experience unlike mentoring which relies on relevant experience.

How do I assess myself if I’m ready for Coaching?
Assess your willingness to change and ready to stretch.

How do I benefit from Coaching?
Coaching brings

How is a Coaching session done?
Each Coaching session is of 1 hour duration. Coach reviews Coachee’s actions from previous sessions, listens to Coachee’s insights, awareness, self-realization and asks questions which provide gradual transitional and transformational change in Coachee’s behavior.

How is coaching engagement is structured ?
Coaching engagement is a 12 session engagement (60 minutes per session) consisting of following strategies which are interdependent and overlap with each other during the course of the engagement. Goal setting Strategy Planning Action Planning Asking Thinking and Reflexive questions to bring insights and learning Create Accountability and Responsibility Each of the above strategies uses scientifically proven frameworks and techniques which will make the individuals to focus and develop new capability that will drive individual’s performance and ability to higher level.

Is coaching for me?
As with a sportsperson who actively seeks out a coach to improve their performance, coaching is a valuable tool for anyone who seeks help in working to their maximum potential.

Is Coaching stressful?
It is not stressful as long as you are willing to change and ready to put extra effort to benefit yourself.

What are qualities of great coach?
High level of integrity: Honest and Trustworthy Confident: Energetic, Highly optimistic view of life and not afraid to be wrong Great communicator: Open and expressive. Commitment to other people: deeply committed to other people success Insightful: Good listener ( said and unsaid) ; creative and open with their thinking Coachable: Committed to his or her own development. Open to suggestions and feedback from others Non Judgmental: Not biased and No agenda

What are the benefits of Executive Coaching?
Some of the benefits are listed but major benefit one gets is the transformational and transitional journey one goes thru. Increase the range, flexibility and effectiveness of the coachee’s behavioral repertoire. Increase the coachee’s capacity to manage an organization in terms of planning, staffing, leading, controlling, cognitive complexity, decision making, tasks, jobs and roles. Improve the coachee’s psychological and social competencies. Increase understanding through psychological and social awareness. Increase tolerance of ambiguity. Increase tolerance and range of emotional responses. Promote skills to manage emotions and conflicts. Improve the coachee’s capacity to learn and grow. Improve the coachee’s stress management skills and stress hardiness. Increase the coachee’s ability to manage self and others in conditions of environmental and organizational turbulence, crisis and conflict. Improve the coachee’s ability to manage his / her career and to advance professionally. Improve the coachee’s ability to manage the tensions between organizational, family, community, industry and personal needs and demands.

What are the different types of Coachings?
Life Skills Coaching: it is is all about clarifying values and visions, setting goals and new actions so that an individual may lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life. Examples of life skills coaching include partnership coaching, retirement coaching, singles coaching, spiritual development coaching, migrant transitions coaching, fitness coaching and wellness coaching. Business Coaching: It is to enhance customer satisfaction, productivity and overall organizational effectiveness. It is a professional service for organizations wishing to master continuing change and achieve their business objectives. Business coaching endeavors to help the business owners / entrepreneurs to take the business to the next level by bringing in relevant business skills through coaching. Most business owners are so caught up in the day-to-day running of their business that they have no time to look at the ‘big picture’ – look at their business purpose, their strategies, their growth plans, develop their staff, increase value to customers or balance their personal and working lives.

What is Coaching?
Coaching is a cutting edge day concept that synthesizes the best from numerous disciplines like psychology, business, consulting, mentoring, spirituality and sports. It has a long history of application in the developed economies of the West. Surveys over the past decade have proven that more than 80% of companies in the United States used coaching to sharpen skills of prospective organizational leaders. An effective style of performance management, it encourages continuous employee development, increased employee efficiency and overall time savings for managers. There are varied definitions for Coaching but the essence is always same. The definition given by Results Coaching System is ‘ Coaching is to facilitate positive change thru’ improved thinking’ Coaching is solution focused. Coaching focuses on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in future. The ultimate aim of Coaching is to help people fulfill their potential. It is achieved by ‘goal – strategy-action’ framework which brings in self discovery, learning and growth. Coaching brings people to their own insights thru questioning and facilitated discussions The real value tends to be the emotional and transformational journey the Coachee goes thru’ the new confidence they develop, the new skills they learn and the new habits they build.

What is Executive Coaching?
Executive Coaching is a formal engagement formed between a client ( Coachee) who has managerial responsibilities in an organization and a consultant (Coach) who uses a wide variety of behavioral techniques and methods to help the client (Coachee) go thru transitional and transformational changes during the coaching engagement. This helps the Coachee to achieve mutually identified set of goals to improve his / her professional performance and personal satisfaction and consequently to improve the client’s organization within a formally defined coaching agreement. Executive coaching helps executives to learn and to make best use of learning in order to bring about effective action, performance improvement, personal growth and better business results for the organization. Therefore, Executive Coaching is primarily concerned with designing and facilitating change and continuous improvement. As such, it involves understanding and leveraging on an individual’s strengths, as well as recognizing and overcoming his or her weaknesses. Executive coaching is typically a series of one-on-one interactions designed to meet the individual needs of the coachee, but generally focuses on personal awareness and targeted skills to improve work performance. It is a process to provide executives with valid information enabling them to make well informed choices. Executive coaching recognizes that no two executives are alike and that each person has a unique knowledge base, learning pace and personality style. It is a consultative relationship-based service provided by coaches who serve as sounding boards and it is ultimately about moving the executive towards increased versatility and effectiveness.

What is expected of a Coach?
Coach listens and contributes observations and questions Help people to think better, not to tell them what to do Encourages self discovery Elicit client generated solutions and strategies Hold the client responsible and accountable Align with what client wants to achieve Stretches the client thinking Gives positive feedback Solution focused discussions Directs the client into action

What is expected of a Coachee?
Willingness to put extra effort ( stretch) to change and probably willingness to do a few things differently. Doing things differently can be challenging at times. In fact, if you are not challenged, you do not benefit from the coaching. Open and Honest with Coach Having a coach requires much bigger commitment than people normally willing to make. There are actions to be done between the sessions, there is someone to answer to for what you say you will do each week. Having a coach really is a commitment and quite challenging , but the good news is most people find the time they have a coach to be incredibly personally rewarding, and they get really fantastic results.

What is the confidentiality of information shared during Coaching engagement?
Information shared in the session is treated with utmost confidentiality. It will not be shared or discussed with anyone without your permissions. Also, Coaches are bound by ethical guidelines prescribed by ICF

What is the typical duration of coaching engagement?
It is recommended to have 12 week coaching engagement with one session of duration 1 hour per week.

What makes Coaching effective?
Self directed learning thru Reflection and Insight Solution focused Stretch Positive feedback Create Accountability Structured process

Where and how often does the client-coach meeting happen?
Usually the client and the coach mutually decide on meeting at a location that is both comfortable and conveniently accessible to both of them. Meetings may take also place within the client’s office (only if the program is sponsored by the client’s organization) or at the coach’s office. Face–to-face meetings typically average twice per month.

Who can be Coached?
Anyone willing to change.

Who is a Coach and what qualifies her to be one?
In simple words, a coach is a person who works with the client to unlock their potential. A qualified Coach is one who has spent considerable time and effort to develop the requisite skills to become one. Besides being certified by organizations that are accredited to global coach certification bodies, these coaches gain a large numbers of hours of actual coaching experience.