Category Archives: In the Media

The Value of Coaching in the UK

The April edition of “Coaching World” is available to read on the International Coach Federation site.  There doesn’t appear to be a link to archived editions, so if you want to read it I suggest you visit sooner than later!

I found the article on page 11 of the this edition interesting.  In “The Value of Coaching in Career Development Made Clear to UK Government” they shared how more callers to the government’s Career Advice service are asking to speak to career coaches vs information advisors.  A huge shift in percentages from 2000 when the numbers were reversed.

I would think this is due to the rise in the awareness by the public that non-sport coaching exists.  If you mentioned coaching in 2000, most people thought you meant sport coaching.  Many had never heard of life or career coaching.  Obviously the media and the growth of the internet helped in spreading the word as well.

Executive Coaching – Is It Worth the Money?

Does executive coaching really work?  If you’ve been wondering if it does, you’ll want to check this out.

The Wall Street Journal included a short article and video about executive coaching on it’s site on April 10, 2008.  It focuses on a family business that needed help to get to the next level.  The two brothers hired an executive coach to give them the tools, strategies and accountability needed to do so.

There are also about two dozen comments by coaches and others who read the article.

To see the video visit:  Executive Coaching – Worth the Money?

Are You Satisfied with Your Job?

According to a 2005 poll by Harris Interactive, 41% of American workers are not satisfied with their jobs.  Could you leave a career or job you’ve been in for 10, 15 or 20+ years to follow a passion?

Michael Lombardi did just that.  He left behind 27 years in corporate finances to become a weatherman – an avocation he didn’t believe could be his vocation, until now.

So how does this story relate to coaching?   Life and career coaching aren’t even mentioned in the article.  I just love to read and share stories about people who decide to live their passion or purpose.  And that’s what Michael did.

To read more visit:  A Midlife Crisis Doesn’t Have to Be One

The Executive Happiness Coach

Yet another interesting coaching niche.

After Jim Smith quit his stressful job in the insurance industry he trained as a life coach.  In 2005, Time magazine had an issue focused on the science of happiness.  That’s when Jim branded himself as the ‘Executive Happiness Coach.’

Due to the trickle down effect, Jim decided to coach leaders in companies, as they have an effect on everyone else in the company.   Makes sense!  If you want to support or reach a greater number of people in a short amount of time, find the people who have the most influence or reach.

Happiness Coach Take On Grump (Article)

The Executive Happiness Coach (Jim’s site)

Coaching – Second Fastest Growing Profession?

According to this article by Ray Williams, “Coaching is the second-fastest growing profession in the world, rivaled only by information technology.”  While the article doesn’t say how or where this claim to be, it is a good introduction to executive coaching.

Second Fastest Growing Profession
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