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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Coaching Hits The Mainstream

From being something rarely spoken about only a few years ago, coaching has hit the corporate mainstream as a new survey finds that fully half of managers in the U.S. have received some sort of coaching in the workplace in recent years.

Coaching is now seen as a development initiative, not as problem solving, with more people both receiving it and being willing to say so. A stigma once associated with coaching seems to have gone away.

A recent Harvard Business Review article suggested that although American companies are spending more than $1 billion annually on coaching, this isn't always money well-spent.

Cohen advised individuals that to get the most out of their coaching, they need to be clear on the results they are looking for.

"There are different types of coaching available and deliverables, styles and outcomes can vary significantly. Clarify these issues in your first meeting with a coach so you know what you can expect and if it's a good fit for you and your situation."

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