A study was conducted by executive coaching and management training firm Leadership Excellence Consulting to understand the impacts such coaching has on different age groups. Several interesting conclusions came up, such as that age rather than generation was more important in the perception, impact or need from executive coaching. The research subjects were rated under four broad categories which were- responsiveness, degree of change, non-defensiveness and self-reflection. Those in their thirties by age tended to have lower scores in self-reflection compared to those older. The younger colleagues while quick to respond to feedback, did not care for why such behaviours occurred. Such differences in behaviour may be attributed to three broad factors. One is that a lot of younger professionals get marked out early as potential achievers, so got into the habit of believing in their own publicity. So such young people tended to take coaching for granted while the older ones genuinely wanted to learn something new. Younger pros also tended to miss out on subtlety and see all aspects in black-or-white. Another feature was that these younger ones were more entrenched in their thoughts believing in a right way for everything as opposed to the greater openness to change as observed among colleagues in their forties or fifties.


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