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Coaching - what's in a name?

By Joke Germeys and Ludmilla Petre

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By Joke Germeys & Ludmilla Petre

Talent Development Managers at ORMIT Belgium

Awareness around "coaching" has grown a lot over the years! You may have heard of life coaching, health coaching, sports coaching, etc. ... but what is coaching at ORMIT all about? If we would compare an ORMIT coach with a sports coach, what do they have in common? Read more about ORMIT's approach regarding coaching and its impact on trainees' personal development in this article written by Joke Germeys and Ludmilla Petre, two of our Talent Development Managers.

Do you know what the essence of a good sports coach is and what this tells us about coaching at ORMIT?

1. Is it teaching athletes all the techniques they have to master to become N°1?

2. Is it continuously pointing out to them the things they still need to improve?

3. Is it pushing them to continue to play even far beyond their comfort zone?

4. Is it supporting them in finding out “their natural way” to excel?

Well, it’s indeed the last option!

And that’s also what coaching at ORMIT is all about.

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Personalised guidance to go a step further and become the best version of youself

Your coach will support you in learning how to develop yourself. Next to the soft skill training track at ORMIT, he or she will help you to apply what you’ve learned. Personal development is about getting to know yourself better and becoming more aware of yourself: your strengths, your development points and how you can tackle those. A coaching will always be made to measure because you are unique as a person as well.

That's also how Mattijs Van Miert, Trainee at BNP Paribas Fortis, experiences it:"During the training sessions, ORMIT will give you many useful insights and introduce you to a variety of effective behavioural styles. However, you will need more than only a one-day training to sharpen your soft skills in the long term. Thanks to the one-to-one coaching, you receive personalised guidance to enable you to continue working on your personal growth. For example, after discussing a specific situation at work with my coach, I managed to adapt my communication with a colleague and that way I achieved better cooperation."

You have a lot of potential inside - strengths you’re not aware of yet – and a big part is still to be discovered. You will, together with your coach, look for ways to disclose and develop those strengths and how to become a better version of yourself.

Or as Sigrid Pauwels, Multicompany Trainee at Dupont, would describe it: "Coaching not only helps finding out who I am but also what version of myself I would like to work on."

"ORMIT’s slogan ‘Become the best version of yourself’ now makes perfect sense to me and I can say that I am no longer the same person that I was 4 months ago."
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By Marie Parent - Trainee at ING

Coaching helps you in finding your answer to your question

Your coach will help you with questions such as ‘How can I collaborate with people who are different from who I am? How can I pass on a message to my manager even if he’s not around often or is not sharing my idea? How do I deal with feedback? How can I deal with change? How do I ask the right questions when I don’t have a clear understanding of what my project is about?’

"A coach can help you with any kind of problem you encounter in your daily job/life. The beautiful thing is that mostly, they make you find the answers by yourself. "
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By Michiel Boogers - Trainee at BNP Paribas Fortis

Your coach will support you in difficult and in glorious times

He or she will give you that little push you need to excel and to reach your goals. He/she will be there when you’re going through a tough period. You’ll learn how to solve a problem yourself and what to take with you from that problem, even after your ORMIT journey. The coachings at ORMIT will be the basis for your further career, as a sort of toolkit you can use to continue to further develop yourself.

Like Gitte Roex, Trainee at BNP Paribas Fortis, experienced it: "A coach is a support, a go-to person for all your work related questions; someone who is close but, at the same time, further away from the situation. Someone who helps you through difficult moments, not by telling you what to do, but by steering you in the right direction with the right tools and with a boost to your confidence."

Florence Luca, Multicompany Trainee at D’Ieteren, really appreciated that her coach took the time to get to know her: “My coach understands me and by this can adapt his coaching to my needs. He knows that I sometimes need a little push and that it’s important for me that my work gets recognized. My self-confidence, level of stress and personal relations improved thanks to him.”.

There is no good or bad behaviour, just find out your true self and it will be alright

Your coach will not judge you, as there’s no right nor wrong behaviour.

It's like Gitte Roex tels us: "Coaching can be uncomfortable and emotional at times, but when you are open to it, you will really get to know yourself, as well as your strengths and weaknesses. You will discover how to exploit your strengths, and to embrace and improve your weaknesses."

Are you hungry ? Your coach will teach you how to make a bread, not give you a sandwich.

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