Updated: Sep 14, 2020
Evidence-based coaching is an approach to professional coaching practice grounded in proven science versus unscientific approaches. Anthony Grant refers to evidence based as the
conscientious use of relevant and best current knowledge
integrate the knowledge with professional practitioner expertise and
make decisions about how to deliver coaching to clients
As a coach, I leverage knowledge from positive psychology, adult learning, #neuroscience and integrate relevant practices to suit the needs of each client.
Right before the start of the coaching engagement, I partner with the clients to align on the expected coaching outcomes. A pre-coaching questionnaire combined with certain scientific assessments help to baseline the current state of the client. Multi-stakeholder feedback could be added as another baseline measure.
Typically, I use a combination of Martin Broadwell’s model of learning combined with adult learning principles, brain based theories such as the theory of neuroplasticity and positive psychology theories such as Martin Seligman’s theory of well-being and Donald Clifton's Strengths-based development. In addition to the above, I integrate theories on motivation and leadership depending on client’s need.
As the coaching engagement progresses, there are multiple reflection points in the coaching journey that help the client to pause and introspect on the difference that the coaching has made.
Apart from the above, there are important scientific measures in terms of mindset, abilities and behaviours that helps client see their progress from a scientific angle and reinforces the realization of client. Depending on the context of the engagement, feedback from key stakeholders would be an additional evidence.
As a coach, I help the client assess the impact of coaching at different points in the coaching journey.
Overall, I use a scientific coaching approach and travel with my clients as a thinking partner, a collaborative challenger and an accountability buddy, until they reach their goals.