Over 50 BIG Questions! Part 6: The Future of Coaching

by Suzi Pomerantz, Community Instigator/Connectress on September 29, 2009

Love that we are a community of forward-thinkers!  Here were the questions that came in on the topic of the future of our profession:

Part 6:  The Future of Coaching:

1.  As the population ages, and many aging board members leave the boards of non profits, what are we doing to teach younger professionals about participating in such worthy organizations?

2.  Is coaching anything like managing a baseball team? (This question actually came from a NY Yankees email address…)

3.  If all the coaching clients of the world used vision boards as they are currently designed (i.e., promoting unlimited abundance of material stuff), and manifested all that stuff, given the negative impact on the environment that would have, would we coaches feel we had done more good or harm for the world?

4.  Does the future growth of coaching lay in teams of coaches centered around a few supermarketers?

5.  At conferences, seminars and workshops, we frequently talk about taking the coaching profession to the next level.  Why don’t we discuss what we mean by the next level for coaches and organizations? Before we can get there, we should know where we are going.

6.  While many report that business/executive coaching is a growing field, why would I believe that if the evidence I see is that coaching is shrinking as a field?  I was an internal coach at a Fortune 50 for 12 years…they recently laid off most internal coaches and none of the major players are hiring coaches at this time.  Do only a few big name business coaches and coaching firms get most of the clients?

7.  What’s the biggest possibility for the future of business/executive coaching, given everything that’s going on, given how the profession has been growing and the nature of it so far, and given that for the most part we are a bunch of independent people doing whatever we do in the safe bubble of our coaching conversations?

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Suzi Pomerantz, Community Instigator/Connectress October 2, 2009 at 11:26 am

These are really powerful questions…I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of them!

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