Chapter 10

Coaching to Come

Patrick Williams, William H. Lindberg, and Sharon K. Anderson

The Future of Coaching by Patrick Williams

There’s no turning back. People today desire to live life on purpose, and need vital, results-oriented connections despite the rapidly increasing pace of change, and a lack of sustainable relationships. Coaching will permeate society in the coming years, and become available to everyone. We will see coaches in every organization and group, from the family unit to the largest conglomerates on the planet. Coaching is on its way to becoming bigger and more successful than any other form of organizational investment in the future. Workplace coaching will serve to ensure employee retention, team cohesiveness, sales and production increases, and overall employee effectiveness and satisfaction. The field of life coaching, or personal coaching, embodies those areas of coaching that are about the whole person; these areas might include health and wellness, life purpose, relationships, and work satisfaction. The conversations in life coaching have a larger landscape and scope-of-life design; personal or life coaching is available for relationships, parenting, wellness and health issues, spiritual development, and retirement, just to name a few.

“Executives and HR managers know coaching is the most potent tool for inducing positive personal change, ensuring better-than-average odds of success, and making the change stick for the long term.”

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