Coaching and Resilience

Coaching in the
Turning research into practice
Coaching - research
Coaching - research
What is the research saying about coaching?
 It works 
 Improves goal attainment (Grant 2009)
 Enhances resilience (Grant, 2009; Green, 2007)
 Increases hope and optimism (Green, 2007)
 Improves wellbeing (subjective, psychological,
general life -SWL- and workplace)
 Reduces Stress – DASS (Gyllensten, 2005)
 Enhanced Leadership & Mgt Style (Styhre, 2008)
Coaching - research
How to find the papers?
 Check ICF Research Portal
 Google Scholarly articles for subject or title
 Read abstracts to see if it is relevant
 Search for PDF to download – if yes , if no…
 Email other coaches in your network
 Email the author direct and request a copy
Coaching research – starter pack
An Integrative Goal-Focused Approach to Executive
Coaching – Anthony M. Grant
ICF Research Portal - Workplace, Executive and Life
Coaching: An Annotated Bibliography from the Behavioural
Science and Business Literature – Anthony M. Grant (2009)
Stay connected to evidence based networks –Google Alerts,
PPND, Int’l Journal of Evidence-Based Coaching and
Mentoring / Coaching Psychology, wikipedia and on and on
and on!
Goal Theory – Locke and Latham
Goal Theory – Look what came up
Coaching and Resilience
Turning research into practice
Resilience - definitions
Psychological Resilience:
“the ability to bounce back from negative
emotional experiences and the by the flexible
adaptation to the changing demands of
stressful experiences”
Tugade and Fredrickson (2004)
Resilience - definitions
Workplace Resilience:
“the developable capacity to rebound or
bounce back from adversity, conflict and
failure or even positive events such as progress
or increased responsibility”
Luthans (2002)
Resilience - definitions
“the ability to overcome challenges and turn
them into opportunities”
Accenture (2010)
Resilience - research
Over 7000 citations in PsychInfo
Fairly recent – emerging just prior to 1970
Almost entirely on young people
Workplace resilience only very recent and still
very few
Mainly on the deficit model, only now beginning
to take a strengths based approach looking
into human flourishing
Evidence Based Strategies to Build
Coaching – (Green, 2007; Grant, 2009)
Mindfulness – (Fredrickson, 2008)
Caring Relationships – (Wilson, 2005)
Fun and laughter – (Bonanno, 2004)
CBT [CBC] – (Neenan, 2009)
Exercise – (Ab Alvan, 2009)
Positive Emotions – (Fredrickson, 2008)
Positive Emotions and Resilience
Fredrickson’s Broaden and Build Theory. Positive
1. Broaden the array of thoughts and action that
come to mind
2. Undo lingering negative
3. Build personal resources
4. Fuel psychological
and physical wellbeing
Coaching specific resilience building
interventions thru positive emotions
Positivity Ratio – 2.9 : 1 (Losada, 2005)
Express Gratitude – (Emmons, 2003)
Meditation / Mindfulness – (Fredrickson, 2008)
Finding Positive Meaning in every day situations
(Tugade, 2007)
• Developing Relationships (Wilson, 2005; Luthar,
• Future Goal focus – developing
Hope & Optimism (Green, 2007)
• Positive Reminiscing
(Fredrickson, 2007)
Coaching is a key skill
to keep us flourishing
John Raymond
[email protected]
0411 259 204

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