William Bergquist and William Carrier
The Future of Coaching is concerned with the very heart and soul of professional coaching—it addresses the challenge of coaching’s future status, direction and long-term goals. It also offers the strategies and tools needed for this challenging future. Much as individual professional coaches assist their clients in focusing on their own individual future and the future of organizations with which they are affiliated and often lead, so it is important that the field of coaching itself address this fundamental coaching question: what will the future be for this human service field?
Issue Nine: The Terrain of Organizational and Executive Coaching
Despite the many attempts to differentiate between two areas of professional coaching–personal and organizational coaching (and often an attempt to define one as somehow superior to the other), there are clearly many overlaps and many successful practitioners work in both areas. We have chosen to devote two separate issues to these two areas in large part because there is too much to say about both personal and organizational coaching to place in one issue. This ninth issue of The Future of Coaching is devoted to the challenge of coaching in an organizational setting — often with women and men who occupy key leadership positions in this setting.
Issue Eight: The Terrain of Personal and Life Coaching
This is the first of two issues devoted to the pillars of professional coaching. One pillar is organizational and executive coaching, the other (to which this issue is devoted) is personal and life coaching. While we are reviewing each in separate issues, we believe that they are intricately interwoven. Whether that person being coaches works in an organization or is an organization unto themselves is not necessarily the defining factor of our work. We write “an organization unto themselves” deliberately to highlight the obvious observation of our profession: that people are quite complex in their history, experiences, actions and desires.
Issue Seven: Coaching and the Sociology of Knowledge
This issue focuses on a somewhat elusive but critical theme operating in our world: the institutionalization of knowledge. Building on concepts coming from the sub-discipline called “the sociology of knowledge”, our theme concerns ways in which knowledge is framed in the various societies in our contemporary coaching world and the even more specific ways in which knowledge is framed in subsets of each society.
Issue Six: Supervision and the Future of Coaching
The purpose of this issue is to add more substance to the discourse of coaching—and to do so in a flexible and positive way. Our intent with this issue is to present a balanced perspective on coaching supervision, mentor coaching, and peer consultation within the coaching profession.
Issue Five: ROI and Beyond–The Promises, Pitfalls and Perspectives of Coaching Program Evaluation
In this issue we focus on one of the key questions now being asked about professional coaching: does it work and is it worth the investment. We also move beyond these fundamental questions to the broader issue of program evaluation processes as directed toward an assessment of coaching programs. In other words, we are evaluating the evaluation process and considering ways in which the current ROI and program evaluation processes can be improved — and have asked some of the leading figures in the field to provide us with some guidance.