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PODA and Coaching - FAQs

Who is PODA?

What is PODA's philosophy?

When was PODA started?

Why is PODA's approach to coaching different?

What takes place in a coaching session?

How are the individual's learning needs identified?

Typically, how long would a course of coaching last for?

How can you measure the success of a coaching programme?

What is the role of the individual's manager in the coaching process?

How much does will a coaching programme cost?

Can you help our management team to develop coaching skills?

Why choose PODA?

Q Who is PODA?

A PODA is a consultancy practice, specialising in maximising the performance of your people.

Q What is PODA's philosophy?

A We are committed to building an honest relationship with our clients because we believe that only by having a thorough understanding of our clients' business will we able to help them grow and develop. We believe in meeting with prospective clients and explaining and exchanging ideas before we ask the client to commit to any fee-paying work. At that point, we will select the best consultant to lead and manage the assignment.

Q When was PODA started?

A PODA was formed in 2000.

Q Why is PODA's approach to coaching different?

A PODA offers coaching as a cost effective alternative to traditional management training. Individuals learn what they need to learn at the right time to enable them to be even more effective in their individual organisational role.

Q What takes place in a coaching session?

A Each coaching session is a one to one meeting between an individual and their assigned coach. The coach encourages the individual to discuss ways in which his personal effectiveness, management skills and performance can be improved in a way that adds tangible benefit to the organisation.

Q How are the individual's learning needs identified?

A PODA can help by conducting training needs analysis in a number of ways. These could be via performance appraisal, against organisational competencies or by designing and running development centres.

Q Typically, how long would a course of coaching last for?

A This is flexible, dependent on the client's needs, but our experience indicates that six, two-hour sessions spread over a period of six months is the most successful formula.

Q How can you measure the success of a coaching programme?

A Each individual is encouraged early in the programme to develop an agreed number of SMART objectives that have a tangible link to the organisation's bottom line. Training evaluation has never been so easy!

Q What is the role of the individual's manager in the coaching process?

A The manager is invited to join the coaching session in order to meet the coach and validate the individual's learning objectives (usually around session 2 or 3). In some organisations, the manager and direct reports are coached simultaneously, with the manager taking over the role of coach after the formal programme has finished.

Q How much does will a coaching programme cost?

A As a rule of thumb, an individual coaching programme, tailored to the needs of an individual with tangible bottom-line organisational benefits will be comparable to a traditional 3-day management training course.

Q Can you help our management team to develop coaching skills?

A Of course! PODA has designed a unique coach-development methodology that enables your managers to develop robust coaching skills in an accelerated time-frame. The programme is tailored to the complement the existing skill levels within the organisation and involves supervised follow-up sessions and portfolio development.

Q Why choose PODA?

A PODA is one of the first coaching practices to pioneer coaching as a viable alternative to conventional management training. PODA is small enough to offer extremely high levels of personalised customer service and commitment to its clients, yet has a wide range of resources, located across the UK to deliver a superior coaching experience at an attractive price. All PODA coaches have previous line management experience in a variety of business sectors as well as management and personal development training experience, CIPD and coaching qualifications.

To find out more about what PODA can do for your business visit the What We Do section.

To contact PODA, please call:
(+44) 01753 854475 or email: info@poda.co.uk, or to find out how else to contact PODA, please visit the Contact Us section.