If you want to become a great coach and are looking for a good read, some interesting stories and some politically incorrect truths then read on. This book is designed for ordinary people who want to help themselves and others to do extraordinary things and do it through coaching.
Coaching is often discussed as if it is a new 'profession' without adequate attention to how it has evolved, what underpins its practice or its training methods. Situating coaching in a wider social and historical context, Coaching and Mentoring: A Critical Text reveals that contemporary 'coaching theory' is more a collection of models and approaches mostly transferred from psychotherapy theory. Coaching claims to liberate creativity but can also entrap us by individualizing social experience. This vital new book brings a fresh and critical perspective on coaching and mentoring, challenging its normative assumptions and narratives, and proposing an ethical and emancipatory approach that takes it beyond instrumentalism and individualism. Key features: - Accounts for how coaching has emerged and what discourses and normative practices underpin and influence contemporary coaching practice. - Develops a meta-theory of coaching that acts as a baseline for future developments. - Offers frames of thinking to support and guide coaching and mentoring practitioners and educators.
This management book offers managers, consultants and human resource (HR) professionals a practical guide to coaching or mentoring people using a predominantly non-directive approach. It explores how a coach or mentor can help others to think through their situation and find their own way forward, one which reflects the full reality and constraints of their situation. It considers the skills which underpin successful coaching and mentoring - listening attentively, asking questions that help the other to think, playing back to communicate or check understanding, managing and focusing the conversation, and leaving space for the client to find their own solutions. It also explores how to set up an internal mentoring scheme and how to commission external coaches.
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