The last in this series of columns by an anonymous coaching buyer takes a thought-provoking helicopter view of what’s going on in the industry. This issue: profession or professional? When I look for patterns and themes in the industry, I find its continued fragmentation to be the enduring theme of the past few years. I am reminded of a collection of medieval guilds, all vying for pre-eminence, but none able to dominate. The discussions through the Coaching at Work accreditation forum (May issue) have been encouraging, but were long overdue and there is still a long...

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