The SAGE Handbook of Coaching presents a comprehensive, global view of the discipline, identifying the current issues and practices, as well as mapping out where the discipline is going. The Handbook is organized into six thematic sections: Part One: Positioning Coaching as a Discipline Part Two: Coaching as a Process Part Three: Common Issues in Coaching Part Four: Coaching in Contexts Part Five: Researching Coaching Part Six: Development of Coaches It provides the perfect reference point for graduate students, scholars, educators and researchers wishing to familiarize themselves with current research and debate in the academic and influential practitioners' literature on coaching.

Working with Strengths in Coaching

Working with Strengths in Coaching

Working with Strengths in Coaching
Sophie FrancisAlison Zarecky

Strengths seem central to the work coaches do in helping clients’ maximize their potential and perform at their best (Whitmore, 2002; Biswas-Diener, 2010). Strengths coaching can be defined as a potential-guided, person-centered approach for enhancing optimal functioning and wellbeing by engaging what people do well (Linley and Harrington, 2006). It is informed by the fundamental assumption that people are naturally inclined to want to discover, grow and develop their potential and that this inner capacity can be ‘facilitated and harnessed through the coaching relationship’ (p. 37).

With roots in eudemonic philosophy (Aristotle, trans. 2000) and humanistic psychology (Maslow, 1954), strengths were promoted by early management thinkers (e.g. Drucker, 1967), emerging as a core of ...

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