The future with AI and automated digital coaching assistants

May 15, 2019
For the leaders of the 21st century, many challenges come along and an agile mindset is a priority. Many success books as High Performance Habits .
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A series of articles about 15 trends that will re-define the future of leadership coaching.

Trend 1: Rise of the automated coach

A remote coach is as useful and powerful as a coach that you meet with face to face. However, it’s not always convenient, and due to the lack of geographic limitations, coaches are spending more time meeting with their clients online and via video calls. It never reduces or diminishes the effectiveness of coaching.

Coaches will engage clients through micro-learning sessions, gamification and will add value by providing clients access to content beyond their counsel, says Brad Federman, member of the Forbes Coaches Council.

Coaching with Artifical Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence or AI is the new her in the town, and now it can also be used as an online coach. It can just work as a traditional coach who can help you get clear about what you want, set clear, compelling goals, develop action plans to get it, support you in taking action and hold you accountable.

With the popularity of smartphones, mobile apps become a tool to solve everything and you will be able to find a mobile app for everything. Supporting productivity and self-improvement services also become increasingly popular. Speech-based tools such as Alexa and Siri are also inspiring developers to use AI for mobile apps. These virtual coach apps also using AI to make these apps more lifelike. AI will turn your device into a lifelike coach who will interact with you and function as a kind of a personal and virtual psychotherapist.

Motivational and Inspirational Apps

With the massive globalization and industrialization, people become more alone. So the self-improvement industry is growing fast, but there is no actual data. It’s undoubtedly booming because of the traditional mental health counselors are expected to increase by 36% by 2020.
The demand for psychotherapy & self-development coaching is growing, and digital services are taking place in the market. For example, there is a mobile app named “Mindbloom” where social users can motivate each other to improve their behavior. This social gaming platform also enables users to help each other to reach their life goals and generally be more successful in life. Using Mindbloom, you can send inspirational messages, track and compare the progress and also congratulate others for their achievement. These achievements can be a new job or a new relationship. According to Chris Hewett, founder of Mindbloom, social support can improve one’s life, and it’s also the most effective way. Social game Mindbloom is designed to make social interaction more fun. SO we can consider Mindbloom as a life coaching service.

Develop social skills with AI

Due to the growing trend of social media, researchers are also encouraged to develop therapy programs for smartphones. These mobile apps help users deal with anxiety and depression. Apps are now being designed to help users build their lifestyle. Example of such an app is Sosh which is intended to help children and adults to develop their social skills. This app is specially designed for individuals who have Asperger’s Syndrome. Exercises featured on this app can help users manage behavior patterns, understand their feelings and easily connect with others.

Nutrition coaching with AI

Based on studies, it’s quite clear that virtual coaches are very useful for users. Centre for Connected Health has recently studied individuals with excessive weight. Those who participated in the programme using a virtual coach loss weight significantly than those who just tried it without any virtual assistance. Virtual assistance helps them maintain their exercise regime over the course of time. Those who used the virtual coach followed the guideline and also felt guilty when they missed an online appointment. Study co-author Timothy Bickmore, an associate professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University said that virtual coaches played an essential role in health and wellness. He also believes that with the ever-growing aging baby boomers and the shortage of professionals, virtual coaches can be the solutions to motivate people to stay fit and healthy.
Virtual coach systems are still in the early stage, and Google has already shown how advance can an AI be. They showed AI that is interacting with people live and using common people words. So it’s not too far when we will see Artificial Intelligence is working beyond the general voice commands. AI can also be developed to sense the emotion of the user & it will help apps detect users’ emotion and interact with them based on their mood. It’s not far that one day our smart devices with help and interacts to get a better life. It will help us dead the ups and downs of our lives and prepare us for what is essential for us, what is our passions, dreams, and purpose.

Psychotherapy coaching with AI

Studies showed that even with simplistic AI can effectively work as a psychotherapy coach. One such study is conducted by MIT way back in 1960 by a chatbot named ELIZA. ELIZA had a simple interface and only interact based on a specific keyword or phrase by some predetermined output. Still, it became successful, and the user became emotionally involved with the computer programme. Some even thought the computer programme a real therapist and used to spend hours with the chatbot. If an AI can achieve that kind of quality and understand a user and can interact, it will be useful in different applications.

Leadership coaching with AI

For the leaders of the 21st century, many challenges come along and an agile mindset is a priority. Many success books as High Performance Habits — How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brandon Burchard describe the approaches taken by success people. Brandon Burchard method describes a regular morning priming with the determination of daily goals as well as an evening reflection on them. And this while improving 6 habit categories leading to a better self.

Rocky.ai the leadership coach in the pocket is helping to implement these habits by utilizing the approaches mentioned above with a chatbot preparing you for a day with identifying daily priorities and giving you bits of advice for working on your main commitment. Combined with an evening reflection chat about your day, you also receive an automated journal which helps you to visualize your progress and have access to tips and further knowledge.

Your leadership Coach in the Pocket

It’s also important that if our smart devices become smarter and start interacting with us as a virtual coach, it will be a tool to sculpt our behavior and identity actively. The emotional attachment to the technology will also increase dramatically, and our relationship with the system will be stronger. Already the Nomophobia, a syndrome of fear of being separated from the phone is rising rapidly. If a smartphone becomes alive with smart AI and starts interacting with your lifestyle, the consequences might be severe. These “living” technology will become our friend, companion, guide, and everything.

Whatever the consequences, AI-based virtual assistance will be the next technology advancement, and it’s already started. The question is, how smart these AI will be and how safe our data will be in the future.

This article was originally posted at TheStartup

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FAQ

Applied digital skills and benefits of the app

Is Rocky a journaling app?

Yes, Rocky is a digital coach asking you daily reflection coaching questions for your growth mindset and it is a unique journaling experience that captures your thoughts and feelings, moods, and interests over time and gives journaling prompts for reflection, together with insight to help you repeat personal success factors and practice your soft skills. Rocky is like an automated Bullet Journal Method to track the past, order present and design the future road to success.

Is Rocky a health app or a fitness app?

Rocky is helping you indirectly with fitness and health. However, Rocky rather is helping with the power of challenging coaching questions and reflections. That allows you to recognize your own strengths and weakness, and use this to guide on-going learning. By reflection you will develop your skills in self-directed learning, improve motivation, and improve the quality of life and practice habits of highly successful people.

What is the difference of Rocky to a calm app or headspace app?

The calm app is for sleep and meditation helping you to relax and reduce stress. The headspace app is also helping with meditation and mindfulness to relax. Rocky instead is an artificial intelligence bot that uses the power of coaching questions with guided AI conversation. As an AI chatbot and digital coach, Rocky will inspire you to daily reflect. The conversations work best if your take the time to actually answer the questions with mindful reflective answers which might require some effort from your side.

Is Rocky a therapy app?

Rocky is not replacing a therapist and does not have the intention to provide scientific therapeutic approaches within the app. The method instead used by Rocky is solution-oriented coaching. Rocky is created to help you to practice soft-skills with the power of coaching questions. The science behind is Repetition, a success factor for learning and to help transition a skill from the conscious to the subconscious. Through repetition, soft skills as life skills and social skills are practiced and rehearsed over time and gradually become easier. Rocky is an intuitive approach to answer questions relevant for your road to success.

What is coaching?

Coaching is a process that aims to improve performance and focus on the ‘here and now’ rather than on the distant past or future. Coaching questions are unlocking your potential for performance and success by helping you to learn and practice rather than teaching you. Like personal trainers, but for your growth mindset. Rocky is a digital coach, an AI chatbot asking you those powerful question with daily reflections. The main focus of Rocky is to help you to implement soft skills as communication skills, interpersonal skills, leadership skills, life skills or time management skills. The AI is using qualities derived from leadership coaching and executive coaching.

Is Rocky an alexa app with artificial intelligence

There are many (artificial intelligence) ai companies, products and apps available, each with their own features and benefits.

Rocky uses artificial intelligence as an AI system:

  1. Conversational AI bot - Giving you an almost seamless coaching chatbot experience with neural network technology
  2. Tutorial and skill recommendation AI - Coaching leadership style with guidance, help and proposals
  3. AI generated intentions and goals - Helping you to identify and inspire with new goals

However, Rocky is not booking appointments like an alexa app.

The Rocky artificial intelligence AI experience is unique in the market and available as google play store app or within apple app store.

Rocky app vs remind app vs scheduling app vs notes app

Rocky is not replacing a notes app, scheduling app or a task list app. However, Rocky is a sort of remind app with smart goal notifications and follow-up reminders: Like appointment scheduling apps, Rocky reminds you to practice growth mindset and can help to choose important task and set the right priorities rather then managing your task list or schedule. The approach of habits of highly successful people with help you in the long run to be productive.

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