Space for network members to start discussions, share ideas and resources, and/or raise questions.
One of the most common lines of questioning we get from participants in our coaching program has to do with the use of assessments. Yet in scanning the available resources on the subject over the past 6 years, I've only located one useful book focused on the topic, "Psychometrics in Coaching: Using Psychological and Psychometric Tools for Development" edited by Jonathan Passmore; however as the title of the book suggest, psychological based assessments in only approach to assessment and measurement.
In response to this line of inquiry, I put together a short think piece, that:
- Presents Four General Categories of Assessments;
- Provides Samples from Each Category of Commercially Available Instruments or Tools (with websites where possible); and
- Describes structure of thinking about the use of assessments as part of a broader approach to determining the effectiveness of coaching engagements.
At the end of the piece I provide a citation to a recent article written by Hagen and Peterson (2014) that presents a comparative analysis of coaching scales. I would love to hear your: (a) reactions to the "think piece" posted here (i.e., what is useful, what questions do you have, etc.); (b) recommendations for additional examples of tools in any of the 4 quadrants presented in Figure 1; and (c) experiences with using various assessments as part of your coaching practice.
In reviewing what I've written it this "piece" it occurs to be, for example, that each of these categories of assessments have associated strengths and limitations, yet I do not speak of these explicitly - an idea for an update. Related to this point, in my practice, where ever possible, I try to identify one assessment from each of the 4 quadrants to help expand client awareness from multiple perspectives and dimensions.
I look forward to hearing from many of you!
NOTE: I reviewed the links from the initial post on 10.10.14 to: (1) reflect Jay's correction on Page 4 references 160 feedback, where it should have been listed as 180/upward feedback (the figure was correct, yet not the text) and (2) post an MS Word version so that the links are easier to use.
NOTE 2: I've also posted a PDF of the article entitled "Crafting Effective Executive Coaching Engagements" published in Choice Magazine this Fall (Volume 12, Number 3).