‘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 examine reflective practice models and their benefit for working with clients
  • To distinguish between phenomenological reflecting and critical thinking as part of the Experiential Coaching Cycle

In the coaching literature, although reflecting is recognised as important, there has generally been little in-depth examination of the theories of reflection that inform its application. As a consequence there is nothing in the coaching literature that makes the link between practices and techniques that encourage reflection and the theories that underpin the concept of reflection. For example, despite Skiffington and Zeus referring to reflection as ‘a new thinking approach’ (2003: 81) and describing a 10-step process where the coach invites the client to explore self limiting beliefs through reflection on specific behaviours, they give no more information ...

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