While advising people in top leadership positions has been going on for a long time (remember that Daniel was Nebuchadnezzar II‘s Executive Coach in Babylon a mere 26 centuries ago), only recently has the term “executive coach” come into vogue.
One of the debates that rages in executive coaching circles is the same as in real estate: location, location, location. What locations are appropriate for conducting executive coaching?
In “The Sherpa Guide: Process-Driven Executive Coaching“ Brenda Corbett and Judith Coleman are strong proponents of the face-to-face approach. “Most communication is visual, nonverbal… Over the phone, visual stimuli are removed. Email takes away even more, stripping inflection and tone of voice from the relationship.”
And while there are few coaches that decry the face to face approach, Cameron Powell, Head Coach at Feroce Coaching indicates that “coaching done by email, Instant Messenger, and telephone, is not only the most prevalent form of non-athletic coaching in the world, it is considered by many to be more effective than doing the same thing in person.”
What form of coaching are you most comfortable with? What do you think is most effective in today’s busy workplace?
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