Once in a while we are asked for the return on our programs.  Recently, I was attracted so much to this question that I did some research.  I wanted to find out how one goes about measuring the return on coaching.

Yes, you may be able to take the coaching investment and then look at attributable income over the first year, and then follow up years, as long as the client is applying what they learned.  This would create an “ROI” of sorts.  When I analyzed the return on our 1-to-1 Engagement Coaching clients who we worked with for a year, the calculated ROI was as little as 3X to as high as…well the highest return calculated was well over 300x.  More importantly our client’s income was multiplied, from 50% to 400% or more.

Last week, a client shared with us that they can specifically identify a financial return of 20X.  Heck, in today’s stock market, we are happy if we see 8%.  Put that in perspective.  A $10,000-dollar investment in the stock market will yield $800 this year.  The same investment has yielded $30,000 to $200,000.   We have seen clients increase their income by far greater than this (one client moved to several million for each of the next four years), but coaching is a two-way street.  The coach can share all the powerful insight they wish, but the client needs to implement these approaches to realize a return (see number 6 below).

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It is essential to understand there is more to coaching than a financial return.  For example, in the publication “Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice”, the article Evaluating the effectiveness of executive coaching: beyond ROI?, Kenneth P. De Meusea, Guangrong Daib, and Robert J. Lee studied the impact of coaching.  They concluded:  

Both the meta-analysis of the empirical research and the review of the retrospective studies revealed an overall positive effect of executive coaching. We highlight the following observations:

  1. Overall, executives and companies are favorable toward coaching.
  2. Coaching works. Specifically, the meta-analysis demonstrated that executives made a moderate-to-large gain in skill and/or performance.
  3. Individuals who experience the coaching (self-ratings) report stronger effects than do others (others’ ratings).
  4. Coaching impacts a wide array of individual and organizational outcomes, such as individual skills and behaviors, team performance, productivity, employee job satisfaction, and some measures of business deliverables.
  5. Some research suggests that coaching has the most positive impact when tied directly to coaching objectives.
  6. The return from coaching was inconsistent. Coaching impact varies from situation to situation.

Probably the best thing about coaching is that YOU control the return.  It is direct function of what you implement. Try to control the return of the stock market!

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Personally I have been coached for the last six years.  I am smart enough to realize I am not smart enough to grow my business on my own.  Very few people are.  For empirical data supporting both the financial and qualitative growth, please click here.


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