‘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 draw together main findings from previous chapters in relation to different stakeholders
  • To highlight areas for ongoing research

The Experiential Coaching Cycle introduced in this book illustrates how clients' experiences create dilemmas for them that lead them initially to seek coaching. These coaching problems then need to be articulated, reflected on and thought about critically before the learning, the new perspectives and the potential solutions can become integrated or transferred into later experience. This, I would argue, is the sequence that underpins all forms of coaching.

The cycle of how experience regenerates is analogous to how the ocean becomes rain and then the rain falls to become part of the ocean again. In Figure 11.1 the Experiential Coaching model is depicted again with arrows to ...

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