‘This book is a milestone in the coaching literature. Elaine Cox provides an excellent text that is scholarly, practical and accessible. She offers clear insights into how coaching works so that coaching is truly understood!’

Bob Garvey, Professor of Business Education, York St John Business School

‘Bridging the gap between academic research/theory and the world of the practitioner is arguably the greatest challenge facing the coaching profession. Elaine Cox accomplishes this feat in one of the most difficult topic areas in a highly readable and accessible, yet evidence-based volume.’

Professor David Clutterbuck, European Mentoring and Coaching Council

The days of the cowboy coach may be numbered!

Coaching Understood takes a fresh approach to coaching skills and techniques by examining each element of the coaching process in detail in order to verify and justify its effectiveness.

By exposing the mystery underlying coaching's success as a personal and professional development intervention, Elaine Cox undertakes to generate a better understanding of coaching, improve coaching practice, and breed a new generation of more informed coachees and buyers of coaching.

Coaching Understood is essential reading for students and practitioners alike.



Chapter Aims:

  • To introduce a cyclical coaching model that explains the coaching process
  • To explain the functions of the different parts of the model, together with the important transition points
  • To introduce the chapters of the book

In this book I explain how coaching works. Coaching is a facilitated, dialogic, reflective learning process, and its popularity reflects a need arising in society driven by complex situations and the individual nature of problems affecting people. But, there is a problem with coaching in that, although anecdotally we know it works, it is not clearly defined, and the research underpinning it is notably sparse. Furthermore, it is supported by a collection of loosely aligned interventions and activities, all necessarily adopted from other disciplines, but often without clear justification. Fortunately many ...

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