By |Published On: January 29th, 2019|Categories: Evidence Based Coaching|

Guest Blogger:  Linda Pennington, PhD

Every coaching engagement has a story. Since I teach coaching to grad students, and assign them in coaching pairs for a semester, I hear both sides of the coaching story.  Often they are different sides of the same coin; sometimes they’re not even close. When it came to my research, I especially wanted to hear the voice of the client.  I’ve read reams of articles in journals about coaches and what they should learn, how they should be, what modes of coaching work best, etc., and frankly I was bored.  So I decided to interview coaching clients.  Easier said than done, but I’ll say more about that in the webinar.

The coaching client interviews were a joy, and I wanted to hug each one of them after their interview (hard to do on Zoom).  I’m continuing my research in this area because it is compelling, and helpful in educating and training coaches.  I’ve always believed the relationship between the client and the coach was the most important part of the engagement, and in therapeutic relationships it is established that the working alliance relationship is the most salient feature predicting success, after outside factors (over which the therapist has little control).  My zoom interviews of coaching clients demonstrate how they feel and think about their bond with the coach, and its importance to the engagement.

EBC Thought Leaders Webinar:  The Client Speaks: What do executive coaching clients say in interviews about their coaching experiences?

Was held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – 4pm – 5pm Pacific

Watch the YouTube video at

Speaker:  Linda Pennington, PhD

Hosted by Terry H. Hildebrandt, PhD, MCC, MCEC, Director of Evidence Based Coaching, Fielding Graduate University

There’s a lot of research about coaches, their competencies, and how they are trained.  But what do coaching clients have to say about their coaching experiences, in their own words?  This webinar features excerpts from interviews with executive coaching clients as they tell their coaching stories, illuminating points of view around trust and attachment, social construction, and the influence of organizational context.

Linda Pennington, PhD is Coaching Concentration Leader and Affiliated Faculty member of the Organizational Dynamics Program at the University of Pennsylvania.  She teaches graduate courses in coaching, organizational development, and the meaning of work.   She is the founder of The Athena Project, L. P., a coaching and consulting firm.  Before becoming a coach and teacher, Linda was Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission on the Status of Women, Vice President, Citicorp, and Managing Director of three large law firms in New York and Philadelphia. She is also a graduate of Fielding’s PhD in Human Development program.

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