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‘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.


For all humans there is a yearning for ‘witnessed significance’ which is satisfied when someone listens to us. This important product of listening has been highlighted by Fleischman who argues that we all have ‘the need to be seen, known, responded to, confirmed, appreciated, cared for, mirrored, recognised, identified’ (1989: 8). Thus, listening is widely understood as a way of communicating caring and of validation. One of Myers' research respondents confirms its centrality: ‘I feel good when I am being listened to because I know that person cares about me and what I'm saying’ (2000: 158). This is ...

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