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Development of Coaches: VII. Are There Any Differences between Personal and Organizational Coaches?

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Given these cautions, it is important to note that some of the differences to be found among respondents who are personal-based or organization-based are quite striking (as is the case with ICF and non-ICF certified respondents). The differences to be found in these two analyses do not resemble in any way the minimal or nonexistent differences to be found as a function of age or gender. Furthermore, as in our analysis of ICF certification, there are some specific differences that reached significance: our respondents seemed to be discerning in their rating of specific items. There is not some generalized “social desirability” or “acquiescence” biases that impact one of our two groups. With finer differentiations in future studies, even greater differences are likely to be found. With these caveats and considerations in mind, we can turn specifically to the significant differences we did discover and speculate on what these differences might mean.

Overall and Current Assessment of Coaching Performance

When respondents reflected back on their coaching (“since you began”) we find that coaches who most often provide personal coaching are slightly more likely that those providing coaching in an organizational setting to identify change in their coaching practices as a decline—though the ratings for virtually all respondents are quite low when assessing potential decline. No one apparently sees much evidence of decline in their own practices, though personal-based coaches are a bit more inclined to admit to some decline. On the other side of the ledger, we find that organization-based coaches are slightly more likely to identify change in their coaching practices (“since you began”) as an improvement, and are slightly more likely to indicate that they have overcome limits and realized their potential. While these differences between the two coaching groups are not great, they represent a pattern of responses that suggest there might be some important differences among those doing personal coaching and those doing organizational coaching. Are these real differences, or are the personal coaches simply being a bit more candid in their responses?

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