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I have always benefited from following the blogs of thought leaders and practitioners in the areas of leadership and executive coaching. Ed Batista , Leadership Coach at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business has an extremely useful data-packed post in his blog. This is about a study conducted by the Harvard Business Review on executive coaching.

Diane Couto and Carol Kauffman of HBR share their research which involved reaching out to as many as 140 executive coaches -including some of the world’s most famous names in the profession.

What struck me as particularly interesting were the differences between coaching and therapy. I feel that executive coaching is moving away from its traditional anchors in therapy to being more business and performance linked. Secondly, we do use data from the past- with the view to improve the person’s behaviour and resultant performance in the future.

The report – with its many data points – should be read by everyone associated with executive coaching.

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