Life's Thumbprint: The Impact of Significant Life Events on Coaches and Their Coaching -- Francine Campone
Coaches do not come to their practice as a 'tabula rasa' - a blank slate. While studies provide evidence that coaches come from diverse backgrounds, training and experiences (Grant and Zackon, 2004; Liljenstrand and Nebecker 2008; Bono et al. 2009) ), it is not clear what impact diverse life experiences have had on coaches' skills, professional evolution or presence in their coaching practice. To investigate this, a small group of coaching researchers and practitioners adapted the survey instrument used in a global, long-term study of the development of psychotherapists (Orlinsky and Ronnestad, 2005) to serve as the basis for a parallel, long-term study of the development of coaching practitioners. The present article documents the results of the pilot survey with a focus on one qualitative question that was added to examine coaches â€˜ perceptions of critical life events and how these life events influence their coaching. This article represents the first study results from a planned long-term, global study of the development of coaches.
Campone, Francine and Awal, Deepa. (2012) Life's Thumbprint: The Impact of Significant Life Events on Coaches and Their Coaching. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice. vol. 5, #1 March 2012