The explosive growth of coaching over the past decade has been accompanied by comparable growth in coach training as well as in membership of professional bodies representing the industry. Yet philosophical and intellectual debates over executive coaching and its measurable value and outcomes appear limited in much of the existing literature. Many practitioners appear uncomfortable with the hard measurement of real return on investment, preferring softer, more qualitative approaches to evaluation.

To challenge the self-perpetuating myth of value which has grown up around executive coaching, The Value of Executive Coaching critically explores the discourses surrounding this aspect of leadership development and considers different ways of thinking about its growth, development and application outside its established functionalist perspective. Using case study evidence, this exciting new text enhances our understanding of how and why the value proposition of executive coaching is perceived and perpetuated, and provides readers with the opportunity to explore some of the issues which influence perceptions of value.

This book will be valuable reading for practising coaches and students on postgraduate coaching courses.

Angela Mulvie provides an interesting view on the relationship between the approach on professional people management and quality management in her book. It is a refreshing look at business practices, and food for thought on how to cope with applicable challenges.

Harm van Brussel

Director of Business Excellence, GEODIS Freight Forwarding

This book is essentially about helping individuals and organizations understand different external quality management standards and models, and their relevance in terms of the management and development of people as the key resource in organizations, to facilitate achievement of continuous improvement. It is an insightful and practical guide, an indispensable resource for those concerned with strategy formulation in organizations, in terms of establishing and maintaining a framework of standards, processes and initiatives intended to help develop a high performance organization of empowered employees engaged in continuous improvement to achieve and maintain profitability and competitive advantage.

Dr Ron Bradfield

Director, Strathclyde International Executive MBA

This book continues the debate on measuring the impact of coaching for individuals and for organizations. Defining the input and the anticipated outcomes seems relatively easy; the difficulty comes when you actually try to measure it, rigorously and substantially. Angela combines pragmatism with academic thinking to steer the profession to a better understanding of how important measuring the return on investment of coaching is for everyone involved; something good coaches will welcome.

Patricia Stretton

Managing Director, People face2face Ltd

This book fills a gaping hole in the Executive Coach’s armoury – it provides rigorous research on a topic that is not covered comprehensively elsewhere. The ability to demonstrate the value of executive coaching is increasingly expected by organizations and clients, and this book provides a range of credible and practical options to satisfy this need. It is also a valuable resource for purchasers of coaching services.

Caroline Talbott

qualified NLP Business Practitioner and Accredited Executive Coach, She is the author of ‘Essential Career Transition Coaching skills

Assessing the value of coaching isn’t simple. There are too many factors, too many agendas and timelines for a problem-solution approach to measurement to give an accurate picture of effectiveness. This book addresses the complexity of measuring coaching and provides practical ways to reflect the complexity of outcomes and value.

David Clutterbuck

Professor and Special Ambassador, European Mentoring and Coaching Council