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How to Coach: First Steps and Beyond
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How to Coach: First Steps and Beyond

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February 2020 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
First Steps in Coaching is an essential guide for anyone starting out in the coaching profession and for existing coaches seeking to develop their craft. It is a practical introduction to the theory, skills and art of coaching.

The book's structure follows the reader's progression from novice to professional coach, making it an indispensable companion every step of the way. Part one, Learning to Walk, sets out the basics of coaching and considers the key skills of listening, questioning and playing back. Part two, Learning to Run, explores a variety of practical and ethical issues, and looks at coaching as a line manager and coaching a team. Part three, Learning to Dance, examines more advanced topics such as the coach's use of the self and the nature of the coach-client relationship.

The book:

  • Uses clear, uncomplicated language throughout
  • Explains key ideas through brief illustrations from the author's practice and quotes from leading writers on coaching
  • Contains a wide selection of ideas, models and exercises to stimulate the reader's learning
  • Encourages students to try things out in conversation, and reflect upon and make sense of their experiences

First Steps in Coaching is a must-have book for anyone interested in coaching skilfully, ethically and effectively.

 
 
PART ONE: LEARNING THE BASICS
 
1. What is coaching?
 
2. Directive and non-directive coaching
 
3. Listening to understand
 
4. Questioning
 
5. Playing back
 
6. Learning how to coach
 
PART TWO: DEVELOPING YOUR PRACTICE
 
7. Contracting
 
8. Practical issues
 
9. Ethical issues in coaching
 
10. Tools you might use in coaching
 
11. Feedback and psychometric instruments
 
12. Coaching as a relationship
 
13. The use of self in coaching
 
14. The inner game of coaching
 
PART THREE: EXTENDING YOUR APPROACH
 
15. Cognitive and cognitive behavioural approaches to coaching
 
16. Other approaches to coaching
 
17. Supporting confidence and motivation
 
18. Coaching as a line manager
 
19. Coaching a team
 
20. Coaching across cultures
 
21. Coaching supervision
 
22. Continuing your development journey

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