Pilot study to assess the value of using the ProReal software as an effective e-coaching solution for consultants working across IBM’s European business.
Recognising that they needed to increase coaching access to a broader range of staff whilst ensuring its coaching spend went further, IBM came to us looking for a new e-coaching solution.
The study was evaluated by an independent organisation and based on semi-structured phone interviews with participants. Results were highly successful with nearly 80% of participants saying the coaching was very or extremely valuable with one participant describing it as ‘life changing’.
The majority of participants found the experience of being in the ProReal world very profound – they described being able to talk freely about how they really saw things, and that they could more easily take stock of different perspectives and so shift their own, change their own self-perception and clarify their thinking.
The effect these insights had on participants was also direct and immediate: many felt increased self-confidence, found they had fresh ideas for handling relationships and described a new ability to perform their role in a different, more creative way. For many the ability explore the ProReal world between coached sessions was an invaluable feature and the visual element of the experience played a significant part in the positive outcomes.
Following the success of this pilot we are delighted to continue our work with IBM, specifically linking remote coaching sessions using our software to leadership development interventions. After several years’ experience across Europe, 100% of those taking part have gained new insights and would recommend ProReal to others.