Life Coaching is chock full of benefits. Coaching can give you a fresh perspective on personal and professional challenges, improved decision-making skills, greater intrapersonal and interpersonal relationship effectiveness, and increased self-confidence. If you undergo coaching you may find you are appreciably more productive, satisfied with life and work, and attain relevant goals more quickly.
How can I make those claims? Beyond my professional coaching experience where I have witnessed amazing change often and frequently, the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Global Coaching Client Study commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers to do an independent study. The study found that professional coaching maximized client potential, and thus opened gateways to increased productivity. The ICF study found that work performance improved by 70%, business management improved by 61%, time management improved by 57%, and team effectiveness improved by 51%.
The ICF study also found that by improving employee self-confidence they were more able to meet critical challenges in meeting the demands of their organization. Coaching improved self-confidence 80%, improved relationships 73%, communication skills 72%, and life/work balance by 67%.
The ICF study also found that coaching taught clarity and forward action with increased commitment to measurable outcomes with 86% of the companies saying they made at least their investment back with global survey of coaching clients by Price Waterhouse Coopers and the Association Resource Center concluded that the mean ROI for companies investing in coaching was 7 times the initial investment, with over a quarter reporting an ROI of 10 to 49 times. The ICF study found that the companies and individuals who hired a coach were 99% satisfied with their coaching experience, and 96% reporting they would repeat the process.
Given all this data it sounds like coaching could benefit you, right? However, the best way to find out if coaching is effective for you is to have a coaching experience. If you are interested in coaching, call a coach, ask for a coaching experience, and see if coaching might benefit you.
Remember that coaching is not a magic wand. You need to show up for appointments, and engage in the process you develop with your coach. Coaching is a participant sport, and you are the most vital team member.