In large measure, we pursued the Coaching Impact Study to apply quantitative and qualitative research methodology to understanding the focus, process, impact, and value of what is accomplished through executive coaching. At its outset, there was a paucity of studies of actual coaching engagements, and so we took it upon ourselves to research and map out what a contemporary and practical study of executive coaching might consist of at the individual and organizational levels.

Though we agreed that powerful lessons can be drawn from anecdotes and stories, our general sense was that the executive coaching field would benefit from a more empirical, quantitative examination. We were thus determined to design a study that would extend beyond ...

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