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A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Coaching and Mentoring

A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Coaching and Mentoring

  • Bob Garvey - Managing Partner, The Lio Partnership, a coaching and mentoring consultancy in the UK

November 2011 | 128 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In Coaching and Mentoring, the author inspires and provokes readers by asking questions such as 'Are coaching and mentoring the same?' 'Are we obsessed with skills?' and 'What is performance?' He also delves into contemporary debates such as concerns about standards, competencies and codes of ethics, interspersed with views on power, control and politics.

Conceived by Chris Grey as an antidote to conventional textbooks, each book in the ‘Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap’ series takes a core area of the curriculum and turns it on its head by providing a critical and sophisticated overview of the key issues and debates in an informal, conversational and often humorous way.

An entertaining read for Undergraduate, Postgraduate and MBA students or anyone interested in looking for different ways of thinking about coaching and mentoring.

Introduction: Why Developing a Critical Perspective on Coaching and Mentoring Matters?
Chapter 1: What Is Mentoring and What Is Coaching?
Chapter 2: Are Coaching and Mentoring the Same? The Definition Debate
Chapter 3: What Are the Discourses and What Are We Not Hearing in Coaching and Mentoring?
Chapter 4: Are We Obsessed with Skills and Competences in Coaching and Mentoring?
Chapter 5: What Is Performance in Coaching and Mentoring?
Chapter 6: The Psychological Influences on Coaching and Mentoring
Chapter 7: Conclusions and Further Questions

Short, sharp and to the point. Useful for my learners who are new to coaching and mentoring. Not in depth enough for my level 4 and 5 cohorts though.

Mrs Karen Gray
Teacher Education, Simply-Training
April 25, 2014

Very useful providing a good synopsis of each topic. Very easy to understand and provides good details of further reading.

Mrs Pamela Borthwick
Adult Skills, North Lindsey College
January 6, 2014

Useful for mentor course - links available

Kim Neal
Department of Health, Wellbeing and the Family, Canterbury Christ Church University
October 7, 2013

Provides an easy to read background to some of the wider elements involved in mentorship and supporting learning in the practice area. On a personal level as I am looking at becoming more involved in coaching and it was very informative. For students I think it will help if they may be looking at practical strategies that help in learning in a broader context. I liked it.

Mrs Christine Jackson
department of community health and social care, Hull University
July 25, 2013

A useful book which gives an overview of mentoring and coaching. Chapter 2 is useful in helping the reader to debate the difference between coaching and mentoring.

Mrs Suzanne Strawford
School of Education, Newman University College
April 29, 2013

An interesting book that we may adopt for other programmes, but for this course, there is not sufficient focus on career coaching to merit the adoption of the book. However, it is an important book for generic coaching courses.

Ms Gill Frigerio
Centre for Lifelong Learning, Warwick University
March 13, 2013

Great little book with a good introduction to coaching & mentoring. One of those books that you will keep referring back to.

Mr Anthony Goddard
Adult education, Tameside College
January 17, 2013

A good introduction to coaching and mentoring.

Ms Helen Yorke
School of Primary Education, Birmingham City University
October 31, 2012

A good book to make you think and reflect on coaching and mentoring

Mrs Penny Moore
Practice Education Office, Western Health and Social Care Trust
October 1, 2012

An interesting and catchy title with helpful down to earch approach to coaching and mentorship.

Mr Paul McCreary
Nursing, University of West London
September 18, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One