choice Thoughts: The Art, Science and Impact of Coaching

It is with great pride that we present to you our upcoming issue about the art, science and impact of coaching.

A note from Garry, Publisher

A very special thanks to Janet Lees, our Managing Editor who, upon seeing the amazing collection of submissions, came to realize and suggested a change in the theme – the art, science and impact of coaching – of our issue from what we had originally planned.

As we say in the fine print, “we reserve the right to change the theme, etc.” Well, this is a case of a pivot from our original theme. It doesn’t happen often, but it’s nice to have the freedom to do so when it makes sense.

The wonderful result is a more robust, wide-ranging issue that has already opened my eyes to some things I have added to my coaching Diversity after reading the articles. You’ll quickly see how well and how soon you can fit some of the wisdom on these pages into your coaching.

On a personal and professional note, I’m honored to have been on the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Coach Training Social Justice Committee along with an amazing and diverse group of passionate volunteers. After hard work and with great pride, we submitted an in-depth report and recommendations to the ICF Coaching Training Board for review and implementation. Stay tuned for updates.

My personal commitment, and that of the editorial board, our team, and our many colleagues across the globe, is that the work does not stop here. The conversation must continue.

In light of that commitment, the editorial board of choice Magazine met and agreed that we should have a regular column about diversity, equity, and inclusion, which we have decided to call “kaleidoscope.” Special thanks to Beverley Wright, who stepped forward to write the first column in this issue.

It is with great sadness that we report that our long-time running author of the choice book review, Kat Kehres, is stepping down from the role. She has written about many books over the years, all her choice and reported with great love and care. Best of luck in your future endeavors, Kat.

Please enjoy this remarkable issue of choice and please let us know when and where you used the learning and its impact.

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A note from Janet, Managing Editor

This issue was originally slated to be focused solely on measurement, but as the articles came in, I saw an opportunity to broaden the scope. In consultation with Garry, we decided to change the theme to “The Art, Science & Impact of Coaching,” and I’m so glad we did. As you’ll see, expanding the theme allows us to bring you a range of articles that we hope will improve your coaching and your life.

Our opening feature by Marc Rogatschnig explores how a comprehensive 360-degree, multi-rater process offers a solid basis for aligning intention, impression and impact. Our second feature by Alison Whitmire explains how not to coach like your parents; in other words, how not to bring baggage from your childhood into your coaching.

Next, we turn to the spiritual with an article by Adam Robersmith exploring how to engage spiritual wisdom in secular coaching. Ann Wilson looks at why developmental evaluation is a gift that keeps on giving. And Lee Coffee, Jr. explores strategies to measure the success of your coaching, including personality and emotional intelligence assessments.

In our final two features, Sandra Hill offers an article urging us to be curious, let go and “just be,” and Tim Brodie ends with a piece on how to measure success and impact using Rick Carson’s gremlin-taming model.

This issue will available at the end of this month. I hope you enjoy it and come away feeling glad that we expanded our scope in order to give you more to discover.

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