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Coaching and Adult Development

Coaching and Adult Development

Coaching and Adult Development
Paul Lawrence

INTRODUCTION

Adult development theories are based on the premise that development is a life-long process, that the ways that people think, feel and make meaning of the world change and evolve over time. There exist many theories as to the nature of this process, most describing a series of stages through which people progress with reference to some dimension of self. If the role of the coach includes being able to identify and facilitate changes in the way that people think and feel, then it behoves coaches to familiarise themselves with adult development theories and to decide how to incorporate that knowledge into their coaching practices. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a high level ...

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