"The hottest thing in management is the executive coach part boss, part consultant, part therapist."
Betsy Morris, "So You’re a Player. Do You Need a Coach?" Fortune, 2/21/00
"Who, exactly, seeks out a coach?? Winners who want even more out of life."
Chicago Tribune, 12/17/00
"People who want to stand out at work or face a job crisis increasingly turn to career coaches. There are now an estimated 10,000 coaches nationwide, up from 5,300 in 1998."
The Wall Street Journal, 6/26/01
"Once used to bolster troubled staffers, coaching now is part of the standard leadership development training for elite executives and talented up-and-comers at IBM, Motorola, J.P. Morgan, Chase, and Hewlett Packard. These companies are discreetly giving their best prospects what star athletes have long had: a trusted adviser to help reach their goals."
"Got a nagging feeling that your life could be more fulfilling? Want to change direction but aren't sure how to do it? Here's how to jump start your new life today?Hire a personal coach."
Modern Maturity, January-February 2000
"How do you define success? That's not a trick question, and there are no wrong answers. For some, obviously, success means money. Others rate emotional happiness as being more important. Yet others rate popularity above all else. Regardless of how you define success, an emerging specialty called 'success coaching' (also known as personal and professional coaching) offers the chance to visualize your highest goals and stay on track to achieve them."
Central New York Business Journal, 5/25/98
"For years, business people have used corporate coaches to help their companies work more effectively. Now, an increasing number of individuals are turning to coaches for help in finding balance in their personal lives."
The Spokane Spokesman Review, 12/15/98
"Coaching can certainly help you strengthen your sense of selfworth, focus on your goals and get there, fast."
The London Daily Telegraph, 3/22/99
"Today's managers, professionals, and entrepreneurs are hiring coaches to help them with time management, a change in career, or balancing their work and personal lives. People are looking to coaches as sounding boards and motivators who can offer a fresh perspective on career and life problems but without the conflicting agendas of a spouse, family member, or even a mentor."
"The number of executives hiring personal coaches is rocketing as more and more professionals turn to outside help for advice in how to manage their day, dollars, employees, develop better leadership skills and maximize effectiveness."
London Evening Standard, 6/11/99
"If you're thinking of overhauling your career to achieve a more fulfilling life, consider joining the estimated 100,000 Americans who annually enlist the help of some 4,000 personal coaches each year."
Money, December 1997
a personal coach is better than a best friend."
Sausalito.net, August 2000
"Coaching is an action-oriented partnership that, unlike psychotherapy which delves into patterns of the past, concentrates on where you are today and how you can reach your goals."
"What exactly is a coach? Part personal consultant, part sounding board, part manager. Yes, manager. Remember him? That person whose job used to be to advise, motivate, and train but whose nose is now mostly stuck in e-mail? For a surprising number of people, it is now the coach not the boss who pushes them to hire, to fire, to fine-tune a sales pitch, to stretch."
"Coaching is not about the past or figuring out why and how life got so complicated or overwhelming. It is about moving forward on the things that matter most to you, dissolving barriers and blocks to your own success, and designing a life that you love."
Sausalito.net, August 2000
"Today's managers, professionals and entrepreneurs are hiring coaches to help them with time management, a change in career or balancing their work and personal lives."
"Part consultant, part motivational speaker, part therapist, and part rent-a-friend, coaches work with managers, entrepreneurs, and just plain folks, helping them define and achieve their goals career, personal, or most often, both."
Kendall Hamilton, Newsweek, 2/5/96
"If you want to build your business and at the same time have a rewarding personal life, you call a coach."
Robert Schwab, "Businesses Hire Coaches to Build Winning Teams," Denver Post, 10/18/98
"Coaching started in the business world to help stressed out executives cope with their professional and personal lives, and it still thrives in the corporate environment. But, increasingly, individuals are turning to coaches for help with every sort of problem."
Diane White, Boston Globe, 2/23/98
"In the next few years, coaching will become the norm in the business world."
Amy Joyce, Washington Post, 6/28/98
"At a time when companies are downsizing and out placing at a time when boomers are facing 50, coaches are easing traumatic transitions."
"Career Coaches Offer Help in the Game of Life," Long Beach Press-Telegram, 7/9/96
"A coach maybe the guardian angel you need to rev up your career"
"In the past, executive coaching was viewed as a perk; now companies realize it can help their bottom line"
Steven Hilferty, CEO of Silicon Valley Coaching
"The goal of coaching is the goal of good management to make the most of an organization's valuable resources."
J. Waldroop & T. Butler, "The Executive as Coach," Harvard Business Review, November-December 1996
"’Even modest improvements can justify hiring a coach,’ says Jerome Abarbanel, Vice President of Executive Resources for Citibank: ‘An investment of $30,000 or so in an executive who has responsibility for tens of millions of dollars is a rounding error. Coaching is a success if one subordinate who was too intimidated to speak before comes up with a good idea.’
"I absolutely believe that people unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities."
Bob Nardelli, CEO, Home Depot
"I'll bet most of the companies that are in life-or-death battles got into that kind of trouble because they didn't pay enough attention to developing their leaders."
Wayne Calloway, Chairman, Pepsico Inc.
"Metropolitan Life Financial Services offered an intensive coaching program to part of its retail sales force. They found that productivity among those salespeople coached increased by an average of 35%, while 50% identified new markets to develop. Perhaps most important, Metropolitan has retained all of the salespeople who had the coachinga big deal, since industry statistics show that each representative who leaves a company with three years' experience cost $140,000 to replace. In all, the coaching program which cost about $620,000, delivered $3.2 million in measurable gains: A 5.16 ROI."
"Executive Coaching: An Investment in Creating Masterful Leadership," The Rowell Consulting Group, www.enhanceleaders.com
"Coaching usually refers to a relationship between an individual and a trained professional who work on a set of pre-defined objectives with the aim of achieving particular goals or targets. Coaching protagonists believe that as a result of this relationship, greater results can be achieved and an individual can go on to do things that would otherwise have been impossible."
"Perspectives on Coaching," Journal of Management Development, Volume 20, #5, 2001
"Coaches are everywhere these days. Companies hire them to shore up executives or, in some cases, to ship them out. Division heads hire them as change agents. Workers at all levels of the corporate ladder, fed up with a lack of advice from inside the company, are taking matters into their own hands and enlisting coaches for guidance on how to improve their performance, boost their profits, and make better decisions about everything from personnel to strategy."
Betsy Morris, "So You’re a Player. Do You Need a Coach?" Fortune, 2/21/00
"The leaders of organizations such as Alcoa, American Red Cross, AT&T, Ford, Northwestern Mutual Life, 3M, UPS, American Standard, the federal governments of the United States and Canada are convinced that coaching works to develop people and increase productivity. "
C2M: Consulting to Management, September 2001
"What's really driving the boom in coaching, is this: as we move from 30 miles an hour to 70 to 120 to 180?as we go from driving straight down the road to making right turns and left turns to abandoning cars and getting on motorcycles?the whole game changes, and a lot of people are trying to keep up, learn how not fall off."
John Kotter, Professor of Leadership,
Harvard Business School
"Across corporate America, coaching sessions at many companies have become as routine for executives as budget forecasts and quota meetings."
Gary Stern, "A Coached CEO Can Be that Winning Edge," Investor's Business Daily, 2/28/00
"The demand for Executive Coaches has skyrocketed over the past 5 years- today's executive coach (EC) is intended to help leaders and potential leaders across the rocky, wild, and challenging road of organizational growth in today's dynamic and unstable work environment..."
The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, American Psychological Association
"We've done lots of research over the past three years, and we've found that leaders who have the best coaching skills have better business results."
Tanya Clemens, V.P. of Global Executive & Organizational Development at IBM, Time, 9/25/00
"Corporations believe that coaching helps keep employees and that the dollar investment in it is far less than the cost of replacing an employee."
David A. Thomas, Fitzhugh Professor of Business
Administration, Harvard Business School, Time, 9/25/00
"Between 25 percent and 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies use executive coaches"
Recent survey by The Hay Group, an International Human Resources consultancy
"I never cease to be amazed at the power of the coaching process to draw out the skills or talent that was previously hidden within an individual, and which invariably finds a way to solve a problem previously thought unsolvable,"
John Russell, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson Europe Ltd.
"Asked for a conservative estimate of the monetary payoff from the coaching they got, these managers described an average return of more than $100,000, or about six times what the coaching had cost their companies."
"Executive Coaching With Returns a CFO Could Love," Fortune, 2/19/01
"Coaching is the number two growth industry right behind IT (Information Technology) jobs, and it's the number one homebased profession."
"Tiger Woods has one. Pete Sampras has one. So why not small business owners?"
Charles Boisseau, "Put Me In, Coach," localbusiness.com, 9/18/00
"Coaches aren't just for sports: They goad you, guide you on the road to success"
Cynthia Flash, Seattle Times, 6/18/01