‘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 the function of questioning in the coaching context
  • To explore how coaching questions originate
  • To review various typologies of questions and their application to coaching

Many novice coaches ask ‘How does the coach know what questions to ask?’ Indeed, in my experience the quality and power of their potential questioning is the one thing that worries new coaches most of all. However, although the coaching literature extols the effectiveness of questions, it fails to mention just why they are so valuable or to stress the idiosyncratic way in which questions arise. This chapter, therefore, draws on theories from cognitive science, philosophy and the learning sciences in order to examine the purposes and functions of questioning for the coach and the client. It explores where ...

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