FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1What is professional coaching?
ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole.
2What is Group and Team Coaching?
Group Coaching is focused primarily on the development of the individual. On the other hand Team Coaching seeks to create a common vision and values framework for the team. The Team usually has a specific company purpose to fulfill whereas the Group solely pursues personal development.
3What are the benefits of coaching?
The benefits of coaching are numerous; 80% of people who receive coaching report increased self-confidence, and over 70% benefit from improved work performance, enhanced communication skills, improved relationships and more effective work/life balance. 86% of companies report that they recouped their investment on coaching and more (ICF 2009).
4What percentage of people’s potential manifests itself in the workplace?
In non-coaching environments the figure is a paltry 40%, in environments that make use of coaching that percentage doubles to 80%.
5What is a good coach?
According to John Whitmore, in his book “Coaching for Performance”, a wise coach thinks of his/her people in terms of their potential and not their performance. Appraisal systems are flawed as they put people in performance boxes that they find hard to escape. To get the best out of your people, you have to believe that the best is in them, even if it is buried deep within. Coaching helps people break free from these limitations by allowing them to reach their potential.