Study: Half of Managers Have Gotten Coaching

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<p><b>Minneapolis &mdash; Jan. 23</b><br />A new study suggests as many as half of managers have received some sort of coaching in the workplace in recent years.&nbsp; </p><p>Minneapolis consultants CO2 Partners surveyed middle- to senior-level executives via the Internet and found that 50 percent were provided with coaching on more than one occasion.</p><p>Respondents were asked, &quot;Have you ever received formal coaching in the workplace?&quot;</p><ul><li>Once: 10 percent</li></ul><ul><li>More than once: 50 percent</li></ul><ul><li>Never: 38 percent </li></ul><ul><li>Don&rsquo;t know: 2 percent<br /></li></ul><p>&ldquo;We knew coaching was growing but are surprised by how quickly it seems to become the norm among executives in positions that require them to manage others,&rdquo; said CO2 Partners President Gary Cohen. &ldquo;We suspect the coaching in question encompasses various kinds of support from formal guidance provided by outside professionals to mentoring, as well as advice from one&rsquo;s immediate supervisor. Nonetheless, the finding indicates a startling trend.&rdquo;</p><p>The survey also implies people are being more open about the coaching they receive, Cohen said. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Coaching is now seen as a development initiative, not as problem solving, with more people both receiving it and being willing to say so,&quot; he said. &quot;A stigma once associated with coaching seems to have gone away.&rdquo;</p><p>The study also found 60 percent of those surveyed think coaching that focuses on leadership development would be of the greatest benefit. &nbsp;</p><p>Of those that got coaching, 59 percent reported they found the experience beneficial.</p><p>Cohen said more individuals are seeking coaching today. &nbsp;<br />&ldquo;About one in three coaching assignments at midsize companies is being initiated by the manager rather than by HR or the employer,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Cohen advises individuals to get the most out of their coaching by being clear on the results sought. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;There are different types of coaching available and deliverables, styles and outcomes can vary significantly,&quot; he said. &quot;Clarify these issues in your first meeting with a coach so you know what you can expect and if it&rsquo;s a good fit for you and your situation.&rdquo;</p><p>CO2 Partners surveyed 3,447 individuals via the Internet, nearly 90 percent of whom are middle to senior-level managers. </p>

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