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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.

Becoming Critical
Becoming critical

In the Experiential Coaching Cycle introduced in Chapter 1, I suggested that Reflection on Experience is a space within coaching where the deconstruction and articulation of experience through a process of reflective description can begin. Such exploration can help clients start to understand their experience, and ultimately facilitate more and better understanding. In Chapter 6, I stressed the importance of enabling clients to ‘lay out’ descriptions of their experience prior to focusing on those descriptions as catalysts for further exploration. Bitbol and Petitmengin described such laying out in terms of first- or third-person functionality, proposing that ‘reflection can concern either: (a) experience as it is lived in ...

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