The most important characteristic of individual coaching is that it helps managers to find the solutions they need on their own. Coaching leads managers to achieve greater self-awareness and understanding.
The coach does not provide ready-made solutions or action plans. He/she stimulates managers through strong questions and other coaching instruments so that they can arrive at the right decisions and implement them themselves.
Coaching is always focused on what is important for the managers. There are no restrictions on the areas they can work on. One manager can use coaching to develop leadership skills, another one to improve his/her people motivation skills, yet another one can work towards better time management, and so on.
What is individual coaching like?
Coaching is a process which bears fruit over time. It consists of sessions that last one hour. During each session, the manager works on a topic chosen by himself/herself. At the end of a session managers plan the specific steps they need to undertake in order to put their decisions into practice. The time between the sessions is used for implementing these steps.
What is essential about coaching is that it helps managers not only to find the solutions they need, but also to put them into practice. This is the most precious coaching outcome because only the decisions that have been implemented bring real value.
Sessions take place online via Skype. This makes coaching easily accessible to managers regardless of their location and saves them valuable travel time.
Coaching schedules are flexible enough to suit the managers’ personal schedules. It is considered best practice to have from two to four sessions per month.
How does individual coaching start?
Individual coaching starts with an introductory session that varies between 90 and 120 minutes. During this session the coach and the manager discuss and formulate the following:
- The current level of the manager’s leadership skills
- Specific tasks involved in the manager’s job
- The areas the manager needs to work on
- The objectives which the manager wants to achieve through coaching
- The coaching schedule
What is the duration of individual coaching?
The duration of coaching proces depends on various factors such as the individual learning pace of the manager, the execution of the steps planned at the end each session, the complexity of the issues in question, etc. An initial time frame of 3 months is set at the start of the coaching process. At the end of this period, an analysis of the achieved objectives is carried out, and, if necessary, coaching can be extended on a month-to-month basis.