• Summary
  • Contents
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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.


What is it like sitting with a coachee once the initial getting-to-know-each-other and contracting are over? I want to share a sense of what this is like, but it is difficult to express. At one level the answer is simple (in concept if not in practice): I’m here to help the coachee succeed in reaching their goal and to do this through awareness raising, in ways we’ve already discussed. But at the same time it’s not simple because I’m hearing a rich and complex story, and it can be hard to know which aspects to focus on as there are so many possibilities. Then there is the question of how the coachee and I are getting on together. What is the chemistry like ...

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