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Coaching Understood

Coaching Understood
A Pragmatic Inquiry into the Coaching Process

© 2013 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

'This book is a milestone in the coaching literature. Elaine Cox provides an excellent text that is scholarly, practical and accessible. She offers clear insights into how coaching works so that coaching is truly understood!' - Bob Garvey, Professor of Business Education, York St John Business School

'The development of the coaching literature has often been protracted and modest. In recent years, few coaching texts provided a significant leap forward in our understanding of psychological dynamics of coaching. For this reason, Cox’s Coaching Understood is a game changer. More thoroughly and systematically than ever before, this work gets under the bonnet of the coaching engine and explores the mechanics of the coaching process. For anyone wondering why coaching works, this book is your answer.' - Yossi Ives, Tag International Development, UK (International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching Mentoring)

Coaching Understood takes a fresh approach to coaching skills and techniques by examining each element of the coaching process in detail in order to verify and justify its effectiveness.

By exposing the mystery underlying coaching's success as a personal and professional development intervention, Elaine Cox undertakes to generate a better understanding of coaching, improve coaching practice, and breed a new generation of more informed coachees and buyers of coaching.

Coaching Understood is essential reading for students and practitioners alike.

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Touching Experience
Articulating Experience
Becoming Critical
Being Present
Integrating Experience

This is a good resource to help learners to excel as leaders, and for anyone who wants to learn about the length and breadth of coaching. If you want to debunk several myths on coaching, read this book. If you are passionate about coaching, read this book more than once. It will change the way you think about coaching.

Professor M.S. Rao, Founder of the MSR Leadership Consultants, India
Human Resource Management International Digest

This book is a treasure trove of useful information.  Cox has collated an amazing collection of ideas drawn from many sources and, unlike pirates, she has carefully acknowledged and referenced all sources of her gems.  She has also presented them in ways that offer many insights into the coaching process, plus plenty of practical suggestions for implementation.  I couldn’t hope to capture so much in a review, so the following is an account of the various chapters, with brief glimpses of the treasures therein, with the intention of persuading you to get a copy for yourself so you can explore the riches in more detail.

Julie Hay
Nurturing Potential

Good book for those selecting coaching as an optional unit within Dip. E & T

Mr Nigel McVeagh
Trainer/Teacher and Management Training, Skills2Train
September 1, 2014

This book is too practical for a PhD course, but it might be a good book for those who supervise PhD students.

Dr Kristina Palm
Medical Management center, lime
August 29, 2014

A great run through of all of the key learning for those undertaking a module in this now common business area.

Mr Philip Cullen
Department of Business, Newman Univ.
June 23, 2014

The book did not sufficuiently link to the personal development model being used within the module for which it was being considered

Mr Mark Tymms
Division of Youth & Community, De Montfort University
June 23, 2014

A very enjoyable, detailed and scholarly book. The author weaves theroretical and practical applications coherently resulting in a holistic description of coaching.

Miss Annessa Rebair
public health and wellbeing, Northumbria University
May 21, 2014

An excellent book which focuses upon the skills of coaching. Each skill is discussed in detail and would support fully someone in a coaching role regardless of their experience.

Mrs Suzanne Strawford
School of Education, Newman Univ.
May 21, 2014

I loved tgis book it has been an excellent text which I have used to suport my learners. They have found it very useful as support in their work roles.

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

This book offers a superb clarity to both the practice of coaching and the underpinning theory that defines this emergent profession. It deconstructs the coaching cycle so fluently for both coach and client. However, for me the chapters on Reflecting,Becoming Critical and Integrating Experience were so powerful and persuasive in both their theorical focus and - thinking and planning and their impact on actual experience. A fantastic read!
Dr Peter Treadwell

Dr Peter Treadwell
Centre for Work Based Learning, Cardiff Metropolitan University
December 10, 2013

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