Kaplan Coaching and Consulting

Coaching FAQs

What is the purpose of coaching?

Twenty years ago coaching was primarily about preventing derailments in people with behavioral issues that were threatening to jeopardize their career. Today it's mostly about helping executives in organizations become more effective managers/leaders and helping fast-trackers reach their potential as quickly as possible.

Why coaching works?

Coaching works when there is a strong willingness on the part of the coachee to be coached, and a strong chemistry between the coach/coachee. Add to this the completely tailored nature of the exercise and there is maximum opportunity for learning and personal growth. Coaching has been accepted a valuable business tool and the fastest way to develop talent.

What a coach can do for you?

The areas in which a coach may help a client span the full range of business and often personal issues a client may face.

At KCC we help clients grow and manage their businesses and people, improve personal productivity and become trusted advisors to their clients.

What happens in a coaching session?

It's the coach's job to create a totally safe and non-judgmental environment in which the coachee will feel comfortable to be herself and communicate openly about the issues she wants to address. All information is held in the strictest confidence.

The coachee is responsible for setting the agenda, but if she is does not have one or it is not fully fleshed out, the coach will help develop one. While the focus is primarily on business issues, personal issues almost always account for part of the time spent.

In what is meant to be a robust process the coach and coachee fully explore the issues. Strategies for addressing them are created and successful outcomes are defined. Finally, agreements are made on how the coachee will be held accountable and how to best monitor progress. Having said all this, it should be noted that in some cases - especially at the highest levels in organizations - it can be extremely valuable just to have someone to talk to.

How to choose a coach?

Choosing a coach ought to be a pretty straightforward exercise, but nevertheless one that requires the right amount of due diligence. By all means the client ought to thoroughly interview a number of prospective coaches prior to engaging one.

How important are credentials?

With the current proliferation of coaches in the marketplace, credentials can be one means of separating the good coaches from the not so good ones. Having said that, what is arguably more important in choosing a coach is their track record and experience and the rapport that may have been established in the interview process.

Does a coach need to be an expert in your field?

Two schools of thought on this one: Some say there is no need for a coach to be expert in the client's industry because the coaching process is not at all industry-dependent; it's about helping an individual better understand him/herself and their environment, overcome self-limiting beliefs, etc.

On the other hand, while the above may be true, many KCC clients over the years have said that our knowledge of their industry was hugely beneficial.

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