Coaching FAQs

What is Professional (sometimes called Executive) Coaching?

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”  In simpler terms, coaching is a process in which an individual gets support while learning how to achieve a specific result or professional goal.  Atul Gawande’s October 2011 essay in the New Yorker gives a good description of coaching and its benefits for a variety of professionals.

Is Coaching a form of therapy?

NO!  Coaching may touch on grey areas, helping to facilitate emotional and psychological growth, but only as that relates to specific professional goals.  Coaching is not a substitute or alternate name for therapy or counseling.

What’s the difference between Life Coaching and Professional Coaching?

Good question.  Life Coaching at its best seems to be a practice where coaching is employed to help individuals identify and achieve personal goals.  Professional Coaching is focused on career and professional challenges, which may be personal, but involve formal management and leadership skills.  Vili and Ve Solutions does not offer Life Coaching.

I want my employer to provide me with a coach.  How do I convince them?

A 2001 study conducted by McGovern, Lindemann, Vergara, Murphy, Barker and Warrenfeltz with Manchester, Inc. surveyed Fortune 1000 businesses using coaches, and they listed the following tangible business benefits:
-Productivity (53%)
-Organizational strength (48%)
-Retention of Executives who received coaching (32%)
And more impressively, the executives who received coaching reported the following -intangible benefits:
-Improved relationships with direct reports (77%)
-Improved relationships with supervisors (71%)
-Improved relationships with peers (63%)
-Job satisfaction (61%)
-Reduced conflict (52%)
-Increased organizational commitment (44%)

Do you have any statistics that will help convince ME that I need coaching?

The International Coaching Federation recently surveyed coaching clients to learn more about how coaching is being used.  Maybe you see something here that resonates with you.

  • 70% described coaching as “very valuable”; 28.5% as “valuable”
  • people use their coaches as a sounding board (84.8%), a motivator (78.1%), a friend (56.7%), a mentor (50.5%), a teacher (41%)
  • Clients attribute the following outcomes to coaching (and remember – not everyone will have the same goals!):
    higher level of self-awareness (67.6%)
    -smarter goal-setting (62.4%)
    -more balanced life (60.5%)
    -lower stress levels (57.1%)
    -more self-confidence (52.4%)
    -improvement in quality of life (43.3%)
    -enhanced communication skills (39.5%)
    -better professional relationships (33.3%)
    -increased energy (31.9%)
    -stopped a bad habit (25.7%)
    -change in career (24.3%)

What do I do if you haven’t answered my question here?

Contact us.  Ask.  We’d be delighted to answer whatever questions you have.