Does coaching work

  • Jarvis J
  • Lane D
  • Fillery-Travis A
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(from the chapter) Coaches can describe themselves as executive coaches concentrating upon their client's role and behaviour within the work place with the aim of enhancing performance. Alternatively, a life coach may consider they also impact upon a client's work life but through consideration of more personal and generic life goals. It quickly becomes clear that to provide answers to the market's questions we need to consider coaching within a framework of practice based upon the needs of the client or organisation. This framework should encompass the coaching mode and role as well as the supervisory relationships that exist. But at the heart of the framework should be the purpose of the coaching. In this chapter the authors summarise their work on the development of such a framework and identify briefly the research addressing effectiveness of coaching for each mode of coaching. The authors have not sought to provide a definitive list of all the research in this field. Indeed they have purposefully not covered the growing literature on the process of coaching. The focus is on research into whether coaching is delivering on its aims. While undertaking this review it became clear that evidence was beginning to emerge within the literature as to what were the factors which contributed to the perceived success of the coaching. The authors look at these factors in more detail and how they can inform both our practice as coaches and how coaching is applied within organisations. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (chapter)

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  • J Jarvis

  • D Lane

  • A Fillery-Travis

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