Why Executive Coaching?

The word ‘coach’ originates from the Hungarian word ‘kocsi’ (in German “Kutsche”) which means a horse-cart. The purpose of such horse-cart is to help passengers to get their destination as fast, as conveniently, and as safely as possible.

We consider this kind of coach a very appropriate metaphor for how we see coaching. The main purpose is to assist our clients in getting to where they want to be in a way that is as fast, as safe, and as effective as possible.

Here are four interventions at Progress-U.

1.Executive Coaching 1:1

Executive Coaching has proven to be particularly effective because we usually do not advise our coachees what to do but use our coaching mindset, processes, and competencies to assist our clients in finding out what they would need to do differently to get to where they want to be faster and with increased chances.

While sharing their own experiences is an added value coaches may offer, we find that executive coaching is more effective when coachees have full ownership over their solutions and actions, leading to positive transformation and development.

Other cases for coaching may include:

  • Supporting M&A’s
  • Work-Life-Balance issues
  • Negotiations
  • Guidance during Crisis Management
  • Ongoing sparring partner for better decision making
  • Sales Management
  • Developing higher EQ
  • Overcoming low motivation
  • Public Speaking

2. Team Coaching

Progress-U is one of the most innovative companies in the development of Team Coaching techniques in Asia. Team Coaching is distinctively different from ‘Group Coaching’.

Team Coaching works on team dynamics, especially how to increase productivity and positivity of a team. Progress-U developed and adopted a number of very innovative and equally effective tools to unearth existing challenges within the team and to instantly assist the team in finding a deeper meaning and stronger connection as a team.

Progress-U also uses assessments (mostly PTC team assessment and Harrison Assessments Team Paradox report) to accelerate the diagnosis part of current team state.

Progress-U’s focus is on senior leadership teams and therefore, our certified team coaches are very experienced senior executive coaches with extensive background in working with teams both as executives and professional coaches.

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3. Group Coaching

Progress-U is one of the pioneers of Group Coaching in Asia. Group Coaching is distinctively different from ‘Team Coaching’. Team Coaching works on team dynamics, especially how to increase productivity and positivity of a team.

Group Coaching is not about teams, in fact, participants in a Group Coaching session might not even know each other. What the group has in common is a similar learning/development goal. Group Coaching therefore is quite similar to 1:1 Coaching and is usually conducted in groups of 3-8 participants.

Group Coaching is also a very effective approach to follow up after training programs to support participants during the implementation and integration of new skills, approaches and concepts.

Group Coaching may be conducted in classroom settings as well as virtually by phone or video conference.

4. Corporate Coaching Culture

Definition of Corporate Culture

A simple and concise definition of corporate culture is “The way we do things around here.” coined by Deal/Kennedy in 1982.

Another definition is “The values and behaviors that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organization.” (source: www.businessdirectory.com)

Why Corporate Culture Matters

Ultimately, any organization wants to be successful with success being defined by them. In order to achieve the desired success, leaders need to determine useful strategies that are likely to lead – if well executed – to the desired outcomes.

There is ample evidence that good strategy execution is more critical than the quality of the strategy. A mediocre strategy well executed tends to lead to better results than a great strategy poorly executed.

So the quality of strategy execution depends on the quality of behavior of all stakeholders which is guided by the organizational culture. The metaphor of a house illustrates the connections between corporate culture, brand image, values and vision/mission/strategy.

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What is Corporate Coaching Culture?

A corporate coaching culture means that coaching (mindset, practices, etc.) has become an integral part of the organizational culture. As such, corproate coaching culture is an aspect of the whole corporate culture, but usually doesn’t fully describe the culture of an organization.

Besides having a pervasive practice of coaching (receiving coaching, practicing coaching as a leadership style, team coaching, etc.), a coaching culture is also marked by high levels of empowerment, focus on individual growth and development and accountability.

Why Corporate Coaching Culture?

The emergence of Generation Y (and soon Gen Z) combined with global trends such as VUCA (volatility / uncertainty / complexity / ambiguity), organizations are increasingly forced to rethink their leadership and organizational culture if they want to succeed in the 21st century.

The huge challenges organizations face in attracting, engaging and retaining top talents are closely correlated with outdated corporate cultures and leadership.

We found that traditional cultures and leadership served well the paradigms of the Industrial Age but is more than suboptimal in the emerging Knowledge/Information Age. A coaching culture addresses these new paradigms much better than the traditional more hierarchical cultures.

Virtual or in Person?

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Executive Coaching traditionally was delivered in person. However, two trends make virtual Executive Coaching increasingly attractive:

  1. The need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic makes virtual delivery of coaching a viable option
  2. Video conferencing technology has vastly improved in recent years so that the difference between coaching in person and coaching virtually has become minimal.

Other benefits of coaching virtually:

  • Saving commuting time for coach and/or coachee
  • Scheduling is easier because it can be done from anywhere
  • The best coaches can be selected independent from their actual location