How Do You Know When Coaching Works?

Written By Kevin Watson

On September 29, 2014
Kevin Watson

Kevin Watson

Director & Lead Coach

It all started a little over eighteen months ago as I was chatting with a coaching friend of mine.

She asked me:

“How do you know that coaching works?”

What a great question. One of those questions where I just had to pause for thought before attempting to answer.
The truth is that I am often unaware of the real impact of my coaching, as clients may achieve their goals some time after the coaching programme has ended. Therefore, I rely on the feedback from my ‘inner-supporter’ – or inner-critic! 

I am always blown away at the awesome potential of our creativity. I have just downloaded your e-book and was so taken by the format and the beauty of the quotes from all the people/coaches that responded to your comments. Thank you for creating this. I would like to share it with our coaches.Jackee Holder

My friend’s question left me wondering how other coaches know when their coaching works. Anyone who knows me will recognise that I have spent a lot of time with other coaches over the years and have built up a decent size network, so I turned to them first to find out what they would say.
It soon became clear that this question was far too big to keep contained within my close network. So, I shared it on Twitter and posted it on several LinkedIn forums, hoping to get a response from a few coaches around the world.
Well, interest grew like topsy and soon had a life of it’s own, with hundreds of tweets and emails coming in from coaches all willing to give me the benefit of their wisdom.
The response was so immense that I decided to compile a selection of them into anillustrated, downloadable eBook: Coaching Works!.
Initially, I sent it to out to a few people I knew. They liked it so much that they asked if they could send copies to their friends and colleagues.
Over a thousand downloads later, the question is still very much alive and I have continued to receive insights from those that have been inspired by it, as both my friend and I had been when it all started.
I hope you enjoy it as much as they all have.

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