The coaching explosion

Executives admit they need help and are getting over “coaching phobia”
By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/19/2002

Just five years ago if the topic of executive coaching was mentioned at a company meeting, it would likely be swept under the table. Today, with the changing world of work and the many demands placed on leaders, coaches are finding themselves with more and more requests for corporate coaching.

“Canadians are less coaching phobic now. A lot of senior people know they need help because they’ve never worked harder and are having trouble staying ahead,” says Bill Hamilton, an executive coach with Toronto-based Evans Charles Associates, a leadership development consulting firm.

Traditionally, coaching was used for employees with performance problems but that’s not the case anymore. Hamilton says the assignments he gets usually deal with high-potential people, and the coaching is most commonly used as a development tool. In many cases, he coaches staff who are making a career transition, taking on their first managerial jobs.