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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.

Coaching Relationship in Practice: The Evidence Base
Coaching Relationship in Practice: The Evidence Base

As its title suggests, this book puts relationship at the heart of the coaching process. We have discussed some models and skills, but they have not been the main focus. It is reasonable to ask, therefore, about the evidence base for this approach: is there any research that supports the proposition, which is explicit and implicit throughout the book, that the relationship is fundamental to effective practice? It is the evidence for this proposition that we’ll address in this chapter. We’ll also touch on the whole subject of ‘evidence-based practice’ because the research cannot properly be understood without this context and, though the subject may sound somewhat unexciting, it is the ...

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