• 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.

Widening the Field
Widening the Field

The focus of Chapters 3 and 4 has been on the psychological dimension of the coach, the coachee and the relationship between them. This dimension sits within a wider context to which we must now turn, because coaching cannot adequately be understood as an abstraction from the relationships within which it is embedded. This context and these relationships have, I would argue, a particular quality; they are interconnected, interwoven, and particular ‘figures’ (e.g. a coaching agenda) cannot adequately be addressed without raising awareness of their ‘ground’, i.e. the totality of relationships of which they are a part. This totality can be named in various ways. In the next chapter we’ll explore it under the heading of culture. In this ...

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