What is coaching?
Coaching is defined as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:
• Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
• Encourage client self-discovery
• Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
• Hold the client responsible and accountable
This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.
What are some typical reasons someone might work with a coach?
An individual or team might choose to work with a coach for many reasons. According to the 2014 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study, consumers partner with coaches in order to:
• Optimize individual/team work performance (42 percent)
• Expand career opportunities (33 percent)
• Increase self-esteem/self-confidence (31 percent)
• Improve business management (29 percent)
• Manage work/life balance (27 percent)
How can coaching lead to stress relief?
We believe that the real remedy to stress lies inside of us. During the coaching program, the coach will work close to the client to:
- Better understand the stress response. Detecting when the client feels a threat and activates the “fight-or-flight” response, moment when stress appears in form of physical, cognitive, emotional and/or behavioral symptoms (from headache to irritability, self-doubt or/and sleeping problems. Identifying these physical and mental reactions is the first step toward learning how to manage your stress.
- Identify your stress triggers. Awareness of the internal and external factors that set off your stress response. Through the coaching process, you can learn when and why you’re triggered, as well as how to minimize or eliminate the triggering perspectives.
- Using your internal tools and resources. Your thoughts and moods have a profound impact on your day-to-day performance, energy level and results —A coach can help you understand how you’re creating those unproductive states, as well as how to unleash the energy reserves that we all have within us by gaining greater self-awareness and shifting critical conversations.
- Learn stress management techniques. The coach can support you how to most effectively calm your brain and body, thereby allowing you to view things from a wider perspective. These techniques include focused breathing, visualization and mindfulness meditation.
- Create long-term, healthy routine. By increasing self-awareness and practicing these techniques, clients will be shifting their behavior in front of stress, by preventing and leading to new responses to circumstances, conversations, conflict and your environment
Stress reduction is just one of the many benefits of coaching, which can have a resounding effect in every aspect of your life. By tackling your stress today, you will be better equipped to deal with the challenges you face in the future.
How is coaching delivered? What does the process look like?
Coaching typically begins with a personal interview (either face-to-face or by teleconference call) to assess the individual’s or business’ current opportunities and challenges, define the scope of the relationship, identify priorities for action, and establish specific desired outcomes. Subsequent coaching sessions may be conducted in person or over the telephone, with each session lasting a previously established length of time. Between scheduled coaching sessions, the individual may be asked to complete specific actions that support the achievement of one’s personally prioritized goals. The coach may provide additional resources in the form of relevant articles, checklists, assessments or models to support the individual’s or business’ thinking and actions. The duration of the coaching relationship varies depending on needs and preferences.
How can the success of the coaching process be measured?
Measurement may be thought of in two distinct ways: external indicators of performance and internal indicators of success. Ideally, both are incorporated.
Examples of external measures include achievement of coaching goals established at the outset of the coaching relationship, increased income/revenue, obtaining a promotion, performance feedback that is obtained from a sample of the individual’s constituents, and personal and/or business performance data. The external measures selected should be things the individual is already measuring and has some ability to directly influence.
Examples of internal measures include self-scoring/self-validating assessments that can be administered initially and at regular intervals in the coaching process, changes in the individual’s self-awareness and awareness of others, shifts in thinking that create more effective actions, and shifts in one’s emotional state that inspire confidence.
Two Certified Coaches - Members of the International Coach Federation
The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the leading global organization for professionally trained coaches. ICF is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches.There are more than 22,000 ICF Members in more than 130 countries.
ICF Credentials are awarded to professional coaches who have met stringent education and experience requirements and have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the coaching competencies that set the standard in the profession. Achieving credentials through ICF signifies a coach’s commitment to integrity, understanding of coaching skills and dedication to clients.
As professional coaches and members of ICF Luxembourg Chapter, we commit to embody high standards in our practice.
- We comply to the global ICF Code of Ethics in our coaching practice.
- We both have been trained by an international team of experienced and Master Coaches, in a professional coach training accredited by ICF.
- We ensure our professional integrity through supervision.
- We follow our professional development through further coach specific training and personal accreditation programms.
“Anne-Sophie helped me clarify my ideas and focus on what is possible here and now. Thanks to the trust between us, I had important realizations, and now I have the keys to succeed personally and professionally. A great package to boost my self confidence. Thank you" - Marie
“Isabel's style was open, friendly, and flexible. She was able to quickly build rapport with me and was able to actively listen to my concerns as a client and yet know how to direct the coaching session to focus on the real issues that I was internally dealing with. She had the ability to take themes throughout our coaching sessions and hone in on the most important issue for me as her client. I enjoyed my sessions with Isabel since I always felt relief and a sense of clarity to focus on my next steps.” - Belitza