What are the ingredients to a successful outcome in coaching?
Research carried out by the Ashridge Centre for Coaching highlights key features that significantly contribute to a successful outcome for coaching clients. The research is yet to be thoroughly analysed, but initial findings suggest the quality of the Coaching Relationship remains the best predictor of outcome. Ashridge considered the Coaching Relationship by Bond, Task and Goal. All three are important but the ‘active’ ingredients in the working alliance appear to be Task and Goal.
Another key ingredient in the Coaching Relationship is the client’s self-efficacy. This is the measure of your ability to complete tasks and reach goals.
Indeed, this finding supports previous research that has shown that a person’s self-efficacy expectations have a direct bearing on their personal and career development.” Erik de Haan & Nadine Page 2013.
So, clearly being really focussed on what you want to achieve and believing you have the power to do something about it, is important.
But what if you are unsure what to do? What if your confidence has been knocked about and you feel that events are controlling you? It’s a common enough feeling. And actually, working on tasks and goals that are self generated and focussed on your own development is hard to prioritise.
I suspect this is where the ‘Bond’ element of the Coaching Relationship plays a role. If your Bond with your coach is based on mutual respect, empathy, allegiance and hope, then self generated goals and tasks can be carefully and realistically crafted.
- Prioritise your own development.
- Pick your coach wisely.
- Be clear about what you want to achieve.
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Ashridge – The largest ever coaching outcome research – preliminary findings
The Ashridge Centre for Coaching’s The largest ever coaching outcome research has already drawn exactly 2,018 completed client questionnaires, 1,880 matching coach questionnaires and 130 matching coaching sponsor questionnaires. These numbers are at least ten times more than most existing coaching outcome studies and larger than any study known in this field. They have already analysed about 75% of the complete dataset and at the moment they are writing up a substantial article about their main findings.