Use of psychometric testing in coaching

September 29th, 2009 | Posted in Published Articles | No Comments

There is a wide range of tools available in the marketplace that claim to measure ability and personality. Not all of these will fulfil the stringent psychometric criteria outlined above, which means that they may not produce meaningful results. It is therefore important to check that an assessment has psychometric properties before using it.

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Self-efficacy and coaching

September 10th, 2009 | Posted in Published Articles | No Comments

There may be a number of reasons why a client does not progress as well as expected on a coaching programme. They could lack motivation, or commitment to the goal, or application through overwork or disorganisation. They may not receive much support from their manager, or have other preoccupations in their lives which demand their attention. In the open, empathic and supportive relationship that ideally develops between the coach and the client, these issues can often be identified early in a coaching programme, discussed and successfully addressed. I am not suggesting that tackling any of the above is easy. But in my experience an even more difficult situation can arise in coaching if the client lacks belief in their own self-efficacy.

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An exploration of the experience of self-doubt in the coaching context and the strategies adopted by coaches to overcome it

November 28th, 2008 | Posted in Published Articles | No Comments

This study explores the experience of self-doubt in coaching, and strategies adopted to overcome it. A phenomenological approach is used to explore the lived experience of self-doubt with eight participants. Four of the participants are clients who have been coached in self-doubt, and four are coaches who have worked with clients in addressing issues of self-doubt. Key results include the suggestion that self-doubt is a work-related phenomenon; that it is an emotional experience based on a perception of lack of abilities to perform at work to a satisfactory level; and that men raise it later in their coaching programme than women.

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