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ROI: A WASTE OF OUR TIME?

ROI in executive coaching? For the sake of our profession, let’s stop using it, says Willem Jan Hofmans There is a lack of empirical evidence that coaching delivers the desired results, according to much of the academic literature, prompting me to focus my research for my Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) on the efficacy of executive/leadership coaching. My conclusions included that ROI evaluations are not only a waste of time, but potentially damaging to the profession, leading me to develop an alternative evaluation framework, which I outline here.   Existing research There are few empirical studies which link leadership coaching […]

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Down to Rio

Business coaching is growing rapidly in Brazil, but variable quality remains an issue, reports Stephen Eisenhammer from Rio de Janeiro Business coaching in Brazil has been growing significantly in the past few years, with a major escalation in the number of coaches, coaching companies and training providers. It has spread rapidly from its beginnings in the Brazilian subsidiaries of big international firms, to large national companies such as industrial conglomerate Votorantim, and even now to many mid-size businesses and the public sector. According to Joseph O’Connor, co-founder of Lambent do Brasil – the first coaching company in the country – […]

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Welcome to the August 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the August 2012 issue of the newsletter Mental toughness is a significant factor in performance and wellbeing. Apparently most of us have it, but we don’t know how to use it, say Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk, who have written a book on this theme. In this issue of the newsletter, we feature the first of a two-part series on how to coach for mental toughness- see Highlights. The second part, in the September issue, will focus on attentional control. We’ve set a date for our next coaching conference: 2 July, in London. Our last two conferences sold […]

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Welcome to the July 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the July 2012 issue of the newsletter “Coaches have to navigate between working in and challenging the status quo. The coach represents in some way a shaman who helps people to question and go beyond what we take for granted.” This was one of the messages from Aboodi Shabi in his keynote at our Coaching and Mentoring at Work conference on 11 July (conference report in the September issue). “We need to be bold and ask the questions others dare not ask, that’s when we really serve our clients….. if we don’t ask these questions, we are doomed […]

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Welcome to the March 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the March 2012 issue of the newsletter We have a fabulous line-up planned for our conference in central London on 11 July. The theme is Embracing and Enabling Change: resilience, creativity and wellbeing in these challenging times. Sessions include a keynote on neuroscience, case studies from Unilever and the Samaritans, and workshops on health/wellbeing coaching, fee negotiations, somatics and mindfulness. Our last conference was a sell-out and I know lots of you were disappointed. Don’t miss the boat this time – for more information and to book now click here .  

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Mentoring

In the sixth in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at how to monitor and evaluate mentoring relationships. This issue: the key to measuring success Measuring the success of mentoring is hard, yet it is critical to gain funding and resources for the future HOW DO WE MEASURE UP? Lis Merrick and Paul Stokes In the last issue we looked at how to support mentors and mentees. However, it is also critical to review how these mentoring relationships are working during the course of the relationship and programme (formative evaluation) and to measure the relationship and programme […]

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