Blending theory and practice, with examples and exercises, the book is aimed at professionals from a range of backgrounds, whether therapeutic, educational or business in orientation, who want to expand and transfer their skills to the coaching profession. It is essential reading for all coaching and mentoring courses.

Coaching: The Foundations

Coaching: The foundations


In this chapter, we will introduce discussions that inform a clearer understanding of coaching, and the theoretical and practical foundations on which it stands. To do this, we highlight the qualities of the activity that make it distinctive, namely that it relies on the learning of the client, is goal focused, is didactic and performance-oriented. We identify differing arenas in which coaches work, i.e. life coaching, corporate coaching, executive coaching, career coaching, sports coaching. We acknowledge the ontological roots of coaching and that it is to some extent a discursive practice, drawing on sets of practices and ideas from different backgrounds. We also differentiate coaching from activities which depend on cross-over principles and skills, namely counselling, mentoring, supervision, managing and ...

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