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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.


As its title suggests, this book is about: relationships, which are at the very heart of coaching; our relationships with coachees and others involved in the coaching process; and how we bring ourselves into the coaching relationship. I am keen to write the book and also daunted, because we will be touching on fundamental questions that will challenge us as coaches and also, more profoundly, challenge us in our very ‘being’; in how we are as people and the manner in which we live our lives.

‘Relationship’ is the key term, but it is hard to define. Dictionaries don’t help much; for example, relationship can be defined as ‘the way two or more people or things are connected’ (Pearsall 1999). This is perfectly understandable, but ...

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