About Coaching

— What is Coaching?
Coaching, as it is meant and practised today, especially by ICF (International Coach Federation) members, was born in the States over thirty years ago in the sport environment and has then developed in the world of business with Business and Team Coaching and in the private world with Life and Personal Coaching.

— How does Coaching work?
• The Coach, by using powerful questions, active listening and focused attention, helps the Partner to clarify his needs, whose satisfaction becomes the desired objective to reach through a careful progress, made of planned steps in a given time.
• The Coach is at the service of the Partner; he does not judge, point, suggest or advise anything. He firmly holds the lantern whose awareness light brightens the path and enlarges the vision of his Partner.
• This process activates a change, a transformation which helps the Partner to be aware of what he really, really, wants and which are the skills and potentialities in his hands, plus those he needs to activate, in order to use them as tools useful to reach his objectives.

— What is the length of a Coaching partnership?
The length of a Coaching partnership varies depending on the individual or team needs and preferences. It usually lasts from 3 to 6 months with sessions lasting between 1 and 1.5 hours, every other week. The number of sessions is agreed at the beginning of the partnership.

— What do I need to know before my first Coaching session?
A Coaching session consists of a structured talk between Coach and Partner and starts off with the exploration and the definition of the Partner’s item and the desired outcome. The Coach, through questions born out of active listening and understanding of the issues brought by the Partner, helps him clarify those by widening his vision and looking at them from different perspectives, stimulating his search for alternative paths and solutions.

— Where are Coaching sessions held?
Coaching sessions can be held face to face, via telephone or Skype. When in person they are usually held at the Partners’ office, for Business Coaching, at the Coach premises or in quiet public places in case of Life Coaching.

— Do things said during a session remain secret?
The Coach is not bound by law to professional secrecy, but will maintain the strictest levels of confidentiality with all client information and the content of the sessions. ICF members are also bound to adhere and respect the ICF Code of Ethics.

— Why should I benefit from Life Coaching?
Life Coaching deals with personal aspects of people lives and is therefore suited to everybody needs: young and adults, women or men. The Coach can help overcome moments of crisis, indecisions, change, confusion, as when we are challenged to make a choice but cannot see or understand which is the best direction to take.

— What is Business Coaching?
Business Coaching is taylored for companies, managers, professionals, entrepreneurs who want to develop their resources by using an effective and powerful tool which boosts awareness and personal growth. Coaching is particularly effective, among other areas, for change management, leadership, team work, time management, work/life balance, motivation, communication, self confidence.

— Who benefits from Team Coaching?
Coaching can be done to individuals and teams alike (Team Coaching). When done to teams it benefits the single components as well, especially the team leader as concerns his leadership, delegation and motivation skills, and the single members who are able to tackle, with the support of the Coach and the collaborative tools which Coaching has to offer, the typical dysfuntions of a team, such as conflict, latent hostility, disengagement, lack of trust, by activating a focalised process on common objectives.

— What is the advantage of Sport Mental Coaching?
Sport Mental Coaching is for those who practise, professionaly or not, a sport activity and want to improve their performance by working ecologically and holistically on their own skills and potentialities, overcoming the mental obstacles which typically arise in moments of competition and stress.