Coaching and Mentoring for Business


Grace McCarthy

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    To Tim, Fiona and Seán for their love, for the wonderful times we spend together, for listening and asking great questions.

    About the Author

    Dr Grace McCarthy is Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Business, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. Following many years in industry, Grace now specialises in coaching, mentoring and education. Grace developed the Master of Business Coaching at the University of Wollongong, combining inputs from industry with academic research and the requirements of professional associations. Launched in 2008, the course attracts experienced internal and external coaches, human resource and other professionals from around Australia, each passionate about coaching and seeking to enhance their skills and understand the theoretical underpinnings of their practice. Grace is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Evidence-Based Coaching and Mentoring and reviews for this and other journals and conferences. In 2012, Grace was awarded an Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching citation for ‘Using a coaching approach to inspire a love of learning among students and colleagues’.


    I wish to acknowledge my heart-felt gratitude to the students of the Master of Business Coaching at the University of Wollongong, whose passion for coaching inspired me to write this book. I am also delighted to acknowledge the vision of Professor John Glynn, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business, University of Wollongong, who encouraged and helped me to develop the Master of Business Coaching in conjunction with industry practitioners. I acknowledge sincerely how much I have learned from my colleagues, Gordon, Julia, Pádraig, and Vanessa. I am also grateful to colleagues in other universities, in particular Deusto in Spain, and Oxford-Brookes, Sheffield-Hallam and York St. John in the UK. I have also enjoyed learning from those I have mentored over the years. Thank you to all of you for your generosity in sharing what you do, how you do it and how you think about life. I look forward to continuing to learn with you.

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    Coaching and Mentoring for Business by Grace McCarthy is supported by a companion website.

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    • PowerPoint slides for each chapter for use in class
    • Lecturer's guide to in class activities and notes on self assessment

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