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Towards a Coaching and Mentoring Culture

Towards a Coaching and Mentoring Culture

Chapter outline

  • Complexity vs homogeneity in culture
  • Is such a position achievable? What helps and what hinders?
  • Espoused and lived practice
  • What do managers and leaders really want?
  • Can management break free from its dominant discourse?
  • Getting started on the ‘new’ organisation?


Culture, change, strategic choice

Chapter objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to critically consider:

  • The notions of the complex and the homogeneous organisation
  • The discourses of change
  • The notion of the ‘new’ organisation


Chapter 8 finished with the notion of the ‘coaching and mentoring way’ as a concept for change. This chapter explores the notion of developing a ...

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