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05 December 2022

Does coaching really work?

Hur framgångsrikt coaching fungerar beror på 2 faktorer, coachen och klientens professionalitet och hur mycket de satsar


Many wonder if coaching really works or if it is only a "hype"? The question is relevant, because it is important for us to understand how different things work, especially when it comes to our physical and mental health.


On the question of whether coaching works, research shows that 74% of those who have had coaching, have reached new goals and 60% have increased their performance. Why then is it not 100% who reach their goals and increase their performance?


After working thousands of hours as a coach, mentor and advisor, it is clear how the outcome is completely determined by 2 factors, the coach and the client!


1 - About the coach's role and responsibility for coaching to work


A coach helps the client achieve their goals and increase their performance by:


  • offer a safe environment where the client dares to talk and share
  • not solve the client's problems and challenges, the client does that himself
  • really listen to what the client is talking about
  • not have any agendas or goals of its own that it wants to fulfill through the client
  • ask good open-ended questions, i.e. questions that cannot be answered yes or no, but where the client needs to think and express their thoughts
  • challenge the client when they are stuck in limiting thought patterns and obstacles
  • not offer any form of counseling, therapy or treatment. Clients with these needs are referred to a therapist, psychologist or other appropriate treatment.
  • encourage and celebrate the client's progress

When a coach does not follow these guidelines, the effectiveness of coaching is reduced. It is therefore important that the coach hired has solid coaching training and has knowledge and experience in coaching. A good coach education contains both theoretical knowledge and practical exercises where the coach himself is coached and coaches others, in order to experience and learn how coaching works in practice.


2 - About the client's role and responsibility for coaching to work


The client, i.e. the person being coached, achieves his goals and increases his performance by:


  • has decided that it wants a change
  • understand that coaching is not a "quick fix"
  • be present in meetings with the coach and focus on yourself
  • the client has realistic and own goals, i.e. it is the client's goal and not someone else's
  • understand that it is not the coach who should solve the client's needs, problems and goals
  • perform the tasks and exercises that take place between the coaching sessions that have been booked
  • opt out of coaching when the client needs therapy or other treatment

When the client does not take the time and do their part of the coaching, the results are reduced. For those who choose coaching, it is important to be determined, focused and invest the necessary time and energy in yourself.


Decisive factors for the client


The time between the coach and the client meeting is the most important part of the client's development, because time is needed for the client to both land, think and feel deeply what they really want and don't want. Meetings between a coach and a client aim to arouse thoughts, reflections and personal development in the client.


Another important factor is that during a coaching session, it is the client who is 100% in focus, i.e. the client does not have to take into account others, to let others talk, to have to think about what is correct to say, etc. Many clients express precisely that they think it is nice to only be able to talk about themselves, their life and their goals, without having to think about others. Part of this is that many clients feel that their environment limits their development and success.


So, does coaching really work?


Given the society we live in, with demands, stress, social rules and not having enough time to think about yourself and what you want, coaching means that the client gets time, just for himself and his life.


The answer to the question is therefore an absolute yes, but as you understand from the post above, it is these factors that affect how good the results are from coaching. Hence there is no difference between coaching or whatever we do in life, it's always about how professionally people behave and how much they invest!


In conclusion, I would like to mention that working as a coach, mentor and advisor has given me the joy and confidence to both see and experience how coaching has created fantastic development and changes in clients and it is precisely that "journey", to be with when it happens , when the "token" falls down, which makes coaching the best job in the world!


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Claes-Goran Hammar

Master coach & mentor

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