The IECL conducts research into areas of relevance to professional coach training and the continuing professional development of coaches.
In 2007-2008, the IECL undertook an action research project that developed a coaching supervision framework for coaching. It was recognised that while supervision had existed for many years in various "helping professions", the concept of supervision for organisational coaches was relatively new. This research developed a model that the IECL has implemented for supervision and which has been adopted as the platform for the IECL’s Coach Supervisor training. The report of the action research project was published in 2009 in the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring.
The IECL has been undertaking research since 2006 that indicates unintended positive consequences arising for participants of our professional coach training programs.
The IECL has used the Personal Growth Initiative (PGI) as an instrument to measure these benefits. Findings can be viewed in short report.
This paper considers dialogue as the central motif of coaching. Taking a social constructionist perspective, dialogue is the flow of meaning between people as they interact. Dialogue is contrasted with monologue where there is "talking at" rather than "talking with" – a pervasive practice in the coaching encounter. The author contrasts the practices of a "coach-expert" who specialises in "aboutness" talk, with a "coach-custodian" who specialises in "within-ness talk", arguing that only in the latter that we can guarantee the espoused theories of coaching, such as the person having the capacity to find solutions to their own problems, and coaching as aimed at focusing on strengths rather than weaknesses. Published February 2012 in the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring.