‘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.

Touching Experience

Touching experience

Chapter Aims:

  • To explore how normally pre-reflective experience can begin to emerge into conscious awareness
  • To examine how becoming aware involves struggle and consider the implication this has for the coaching alliance
  • To highlight ways in which the coach can facilitate clients in coming closer to their experience in readiness for reflective and critical exploration during coaching

This chapter explores the importance of helping clients to understand their experience. Getting in touch with experience can usually reveal the issues at the heart of what brings clients to coaching, and is therefore crucial in facilitating an understanding of the nature of the coaching task. Such undestanding is the first part of the shift of pre-conscious experience into consciousness, leading ultimately to what Damasio calls awareness in higher ...

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