If the initial phase is successful, the second stage is to set up a three-way interview between the coach, the person being coached and their hierarchical superior. A member of the HR department is often also present during these meetings to act as a guarantor for the process. This interview is again oriented towards three dimensions:
At the end of this meeting we draw up a contract covering all of the subjects discussed during the three-way interview, not forgetting the administrative aspects of the coaching program: structure, duration and budget. In keeping with this three-fold logic the contract is then signed by the person being coached, their superior (or HR manager) and the coach, each of whom keeps a copy.
The actual coaching program can now start, this takes the form of hour and a half long sessions held every three weeks or so.
These sessions are held at the Roland & Associés offices on Rue Saint Dominique: leaving the professional working environment is a means of changing one’s perspective and accelerating the process of transformation for the person being coached. The Roland & Associés office is located in a privileged environment it is near to a tree-lined park and this helps to provide a sense of perspective.
The company may sometimes request a meeting at a midway point in the coaching program, but in all cases the coaching program ends with a progress meeting in the presence of the same parties as the initial meeting. This interview is oriented towards these three major axes:
The responses are not always immediate at this stage, but the idea of considering the future serves as a reminder that a coaching program must operate on a long term basis to produce the best results.