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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

A small book which in sacrificing size has lead to a somewhat cluttered appearance when compared to similar publications. The content is interesting and pertinent to the subject and contains useful information for the un initiated in the debate between "What is Mentoring" and "What is coaching". Chapter one sets the scene quite well historically in exploring the traditional concepts and roles of mentoring and coaching.

Chapter two is a useful chapter in exploring the differences and similarities between mentoring and coaching.

The langage throughout the book is more academic than many similar publications. Overall though a useful addition to anyones shelf involved in coaching and mentoring. A Useful set of references at the back of the book which will help in further reading and study.

The concluding chapter (7) which explores further questions is also useful in summing up current thoughts on this topic.

Ms Eklaine Vatandoust
Institute of Education, Worcester University
June 14, 2012

Useful for students throughout the 3 years of pre-reg training and beyond.

Liz Broadbent
Social Work, Huddersfield University
May 2, 2012

A helpful reader to support key texts on our social care leadership programme. It introduces and sometimes challenges notions of coaching and mentoring, and its conversational style makes it accessible to the busy practitioner.

Mr Dave Mason
Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University
April 2, 2012

Thought-provoking for those with coaching and mentoring experience but probably a text too far for those new to the role(s) and studying the relevant CTLLS/DTLLS optional units.

Mrs Helen Handyside
Teacher Education, CB Learning and Assessment Ltd
March 5, 2012

May be too challenging for those new to coaching and mentoring, but a thought provoking book, that is exactly what it says on the cover. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Mrs Julie Carver
Education , EM Direct
January 30, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One