Professional coaching is a guiding and facilitating process, which aims at allowing a supervisor to find a solution to a professional, operational or managerial issue by himself, all the while working on his personal fulfilment.
Professional coaching for managers, executives and sales representatives
Professional coaching is neither counselling nor a therapy, even less so a training. It is situated “at the border of these three methods”.
Between assistance and psychological support, its goal is to boost professional performance, or even achieve personal fulfillment, which is the ultimate level in the Maslow pyramid.
Professional coaching : definition
Professional coaching consist in guiding an individual, starting from his professional needs, in order to develop his potential and expertise.
Definition by the société française de coaching (French society of coaching)
Acteo offers a professional coaching with senior, bilingual (French-English) coaches
Nous positionnons le coaché dans son contexte grâce à une analyse systémique et l’accompagnons par la co-construction
How does a professional coaching take place?
The professional coach works on several aspects, the coachee’s relationship:
with his company
with his organization
with his team
with each one of his co-workers
with his internal and external clients
and with himself
By encouraging the individual to share
By helping him in the definition of his goals
By raising his awareness on his obstacles, his unconscious beliefs and his undeveloped talents
In a confidential way, and as part of a predetermined contract between the company, the coach and the coachee
Which expertise for a professional coach?
This role of “childbirth help” requires a certain expertise and interpersonal skills
In order to be efficient, a professional coach must have a good experience of the professional world, and of companies in particular.
The coach must master meta communication (art of communicating about communication), interpersonal processes (PNL, transactional analysis…). He must also have worked on his own personal growth
Length and location of a professional coaching session
We generally plan at least 8 professional coaching sessions, with an average of 10 sessions
Sessions are planned to take half a day (morning or afternoon)
Each sessions lasts 3 hours at most
The average length of a session is generally 2:30 hours
We generally plan an interval of 2 to 3 weeks between the first 3 coaching sessions
We usually plan a longer interval between the following sessions, with a meeting every 4 to 5 weeks
Ideally, professional coaching sessions must take place in a neutral, comfortable, quiet and undisturbed space
In Paris area, we can organize sessions in our own office, which is dedicated to coaching and located in the 16th arrondissement (Eglise d’Auteuil metro station)
The professional coaching contract
Coaching is subjected to a three-way contract between the coachee, the company and the coach
The appearing mentions are:
The three guidelines required by the coachee and/ or the company
The assignment calendar, with a certain number of sessions spread over several weeks or months
What is the situation like? What is it about?
Who, what, when, how, why, how many, what for?
Identifying the issue
What is the gap between the real situation and the desired situation?
Is the issue external, interpersonal, or intrapsychic?
Having the demand clarified
About the content “Which result do you want to achieve?”
About the process “What do you expect from the coach?”
The demand can be more or less explicit
Formulating the contract
Agreement on the result, agreement on the coach’s role and limitation to the commitment to result