• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This book explores that which is at the very heart of coaching: the coach-coachee relationship. Considering the relationship at each stage of the coaching process, it will equip your trainees with the necessary skills and knowledge for building and maintaining successful coaching relationships every step of the way. In clear and friendly terms the book simplifies complex issues including the practicalities of getting started, the intricacies of coaching across cultures and of coaching from within an organisation, and how to make the most of supervision. A crucial chapter on evidence-based practice considers the importance of research in the area and how to use the evidence-base to support professional coaching practice. Reflective questions, examples, implications for practice and recommended reading are included in every chapter, encouraging your trainees to consider how they might bring themselves to the coaching relationship.

Getting Started: The First Session
Getting Started: The First Session

By ‘getting started’ I mean taking what you are learning on the programme, and through your reading, and putting it into practice with coachees. This is a major step, and it is good to spend some time thinking about what is involved. The programme provides the setting with the necessary conditions for a coaching conversation to take place; that is, in coach practice sessions the coachee (because they are colleagues on the course) has a sense of what coaching is about (‘ask not tell’) and a safe, secure, confidential environment for them to explore in depth whatever they wish to talk about. If these conditions are not in place then coaching won’t take place, and ...

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