Scan Magazine, Issue 102, July 2017

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Scan Magazine  |  Mini Theme  |  Leadership Development & Executive Coaching in Finland

In individual PhD-level coaching, everybody wins International business experience and a broad understanding of the language and culture of the country in question are the keys to succesful coaching when attracting, supporting and keeping the best talents working abroad.

PhD Raija Salomaa.

By Taina Värri  |  Photos: Vilja Vuolle

PhD Raija Salomaa’s doctoral research dissertation in the management field, Coaching of International Managers: Organisational and Individual Perspectives, was overviewed in May 2017 at Vaasa University in Finland. According to Salomaa, coaching techniques, along with language, should always be tailored to fit the customer’s needs. The structured process of a coaching journey ensures its results. The coaches must be fully aware of the customer’s personal goals and future prospects, since successful coaching inevitably also increases the career capital of the expatriate coachee. Salomaa’s doctoral dissertation is a useful tool for human resource professionals, coaches working at home and abroad, as

well as other professionals working within international organisations. “Both internal and external coaching should be practised with the same quality and criteria,” she says. “Furthermore, coaching must be profficiently measured and evaluated. Organisations should make use of available academic research in order to develop their coaching strategies,” Salomaa encourages. The learning starts where the comfort zone ends. The wisdom of coaching lies in focusing on the holistic view of the person and challenging the individual, not the circumstances. As one client put it: “The values and the emotional side of the brain was the key. ‘If you are not happy, you will not perform well’ was a real revolution for me!”

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