Coaching is a teaching or training process in which an individual gets support while learning to achieve a specific personal or professional result or goal. The structures, models and methodologies of coaching are numerous, and may be designed individually to facilitate learning new behavior for personal growth, or professional advancement and to help you move forward from your present situation. Coaching sessions are conducted in person, over the phone or online.
A recent report showed that 51% of companies consider coaching as a key part of learning development and crucial to their strategy, with 90% reporting that they use coaching. More recent research found that 80% of organizations surveyed had used or are now using coaching, but also found that while 90% of organizations with over 2,000 employees had used coaching in the past five years. The basic skills of coaching are often developed in managers within organizations specifically to improve their managing and leadership abilities, rather than to apply in formal one-to-one coaching sessions. These skills can also be applied within team meetings and are then akin to the more traditional skills of group facilitation.
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