‘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 9: Being Present
In some fields, such as nursing and therapy, the ‘presence’ of the helper is seen as an important factor in successful treatment (Felgen, 2011; Geller and Greenberg, 2002). In coaching there is a similar consensus. Flaherty for instance talks of the benefits of: ‘staying present and attentive to our conversational partner, which means – in practice – returning ourselves from self-conscious inner worries, or self-criticism, or wild speculations about what might happen next in the conversation’ (2010: 101). Flaherty also notes how it is easy for coaches to respond automatically and thus ‘miss being present’ with what they are encountering (2010: 64).
The significance of presence ...