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Dr Andrew Machon
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4 Dec 2009

Coaching as a field has mushroomed in recent years. Thousands of new coaches enter the field after only completing short and superficial training programmes. The problem with this is that coaching is not i) something you can simply learn in a short programme ii) a superficial practice.

The books available on coaching tend to just reinforce this by going over coaching methodology, without delving into what it really means to be a coach. The Coaching Secret remedies this by going beneath the surface, looking at what it really means to be a coach and showing how you can go from simply understanding the basic coaching process to truly connecting and relating to the client - and becoming a master coach.

The author brings over 20 years of coaching practice in big corporations to help you move beyond the novice/superficial coach to becoming an expert/master coach. He brings together experience, theory, case studies and lots of interactive work to essentially coach the coach and help them achieve a superior coaching level.

Key reader outcomes

  • Practical assistance to become a better coach – moving from novice to expert to master.

  • Increased confidence in your personal coaching competence.

  • Greater clarity to the value of the coaching relationship and how we coach.

  • New perspectives on coaching methods.

  • To answer for yourself some of the crucial questions of the coach including: Who is the coach? How do you coach? And why do you coach?

  • To deepen your understanding of coaching and to demystify the inner process through which we develop our competency and practice.

  • To awaken the coach to discover new ways of seeing, thinking, sensing, resolving and relating.

  • To progress the profession – in offering a new vision of coaching that recognises and evolves the role of the coach.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Business; 1 edition (4 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273724606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273724605
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The key to becoming a masterful coach is already in your hands.


Coaching theories can only take you so far. If you want to become a truly exceptional coach, it’s down to you – your ability to see, think, sense, relate and resolve.


The Coaching Secret is your companion and coach. It shares the secrets of over twenty years of coaching to help unlock your inner coaching resources and guide you towards mastery.


The Coaching Secret reveals how to:

  • Move from novice to master coach
  • Increase your confidence and personal coaching competence
  • Expand your ability to see, think, sense, relate and resolve
  • Deepen your understanding of coaching
  • Demystify the inner coaching process

The Coaching Secret explores all that is most important to the coaching relationship and is a deeply authentic and illuminating work.”

Tom Sappington – International Coach and Consultant


“This book is inspiring – it encourages a deeper self confidence and awareness to become a more effective practitioner."


Julie Schofield – Senior Manager and Coach

About the Author

Andrew Machon has twenty years of coaching and consulting experience with major organisations including GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and The Welcome Trust. He supervises the development of coaches and therapists and coaches at all levels within organisations including CEO and figurehead roles.

Andrew was head of change for the R&D arm of  GlaxoWellcome one of the worlds’ most successful pharmaceutical organisations leading a group of consultants responsible for individual, team and organisational development. He has a PhD in science and a master of arts in psychosynthesis psychotherapy and ran a psychotherapy practice for many years.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to revisit again and again 9 Jan 2010
I had the opportunity to read this book before publication and am pleased to return to it now it's in its published form. Pearsons have done an attractive job in the book's presentation: its size, paper quality, print face, layout and format, diagrams and images - all combine to make it a nice book to work with in the hand. Andrew has achieved something rare in his writing. He has articulated many of the relational qualities and priorities of coaching - something that I believe much of the literature in the field avoids doing because it is so hard. For example, he describes the importance of the coach's own relationship with him or herself; he presents an image or tool of three `eyes' that can be used in coaching (analytical, appreciative and creative) and explores the qualities of coaching mastery. All of these support us in understanding and reaching deeper qualities of coaching. This is a book that I will want to return to again and again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly magnetic book 9 Jun 2010
This is one of those books that I'm drawn to time and time again, and each time I pick it up I discover something new and insightful about myself as coach.
I recommend it whole heartedly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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As someone who has been a coaching practitioner for more than 20 years and who has a library of coaching literature, I seriously consider this to be one of the best coaching manuals that I've read - believe me, I've read more than a few!!
If you're looking for something to extend your practice, I can certainly recommend this book. Go buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful reading for health care professionals 19 April 2010
The author recently gave a guest lecture on the Occupational Therapy course I am about to complete. The session was insightful and gave a new perspective on how to communicate and work effectively with clients and colleagues alike. On reading the book I can see this is going to be a useful addition to my professional toolbox as I move into the world of health and social care. The book is easy to read and visually appealing and I encourage health care professionals to read it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars coaching secret. 14 April 2010
By W Lewis
on first reading this book I must acknowledge that I was entering a new and quite alien area relating to my work as a senior academic in health and social care education within the University sector. I though it relevant as a book title as coaching as a concept has only recently being applied in the context of inter-professional studies and working in health and social care. What I find exciting about this book is its application to experienced practitioners, policy- makers, educationalists and healthcare students who want to make a difference to the extent that I have included this book as a core text for my students.The importance of inter professional , multi professional and inter sectoral working has been a live topic for debate within health and social care for well over a quarter of a century. However this book offers something new and innovative to the debate. It helps readers to understand health and social care agendas and their career development within these areas. It discusses a wide range of themes and skills relevant to contemporary practice and how these sit within modern day systems. It aims to engage the reader in thoughtful and sensitive application to their own learning, professional development and most important to their practice and knowledge base. From an academic and student perspective this book is both inspiring and exciting.Chapter 3 - the vision of the coach is of particular importance to health and social care practice and education. It enlightens us to apply the principles of the three 'eyes'to clinical situation where client centred practice is crucial. Understanding the analytical, appreciative and creative eyes I feel has transformed the way in which I facilitate learning and teaching in health and social care. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coaching is not a quick fix 18 April 2010
This is an excellent 'reference' book, filled with practical and thoughtful hints and tips based on the author's 20 years of experience as well as an understanding of the methodology and thinking he personally employs.

Do not be fooled, this is not a 'simple' book, it provides insight to all of us, whomsoever you are and whatever your respective role. Whether you are a coach yourself, a 'client'/'coachee', or an impartial reader you will find a richness of text written in a style that is uniquely Andrew's.

It helps those new to the coaching profession to have confidence and insight into the coaching 'process' and to those who are experienced coaches, knowledge of how the field is evolving. If, like me, you are not a coach, it provides personal insight and enables thoughtful reflection of one's own experiences, responses and reactions to certain situations.

It is a book packed with personal insights and experiences, it is a pleasure to have been asked by Andrew to review it and speak at his recent book launch.

Coaching is not a quick fix nor an occupation to be entered into lightly. However, this book unlocks the secret of how it is possible to become an exceptional coach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable coaching resource 13 April 2010
By M Ward
A thought provoking blend of theory, broad experience and practical example. The pause points in the text work well to prompt the reader to consider their own views on key questions and so engage more fully with the author's ideas. The importance of authenticity to successful coaching is well emphasied and there is a backbone of authenticity running throughout the book. The author pulls together a range of insightful thoughts and ideas about coaching to interest and inform anyone keen to expand their coaching ability.
I greatly enjoyed reading the book and it will be an invaluable reference for the future.
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Published on 25 April 2010 by Christine Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for all with an interest in coaching.
A sensitive and thoughtful look at the ways coaching skills can be developed. This book should be of great value to anyone with an interest in developing their skills in this area.
Published on 13 April 2010 by J. Jesson
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What I like about this book is that while it covers all the basics, it also gives a sense of the personality and authenticity of the writer. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2010 by Jurgen Wolff
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I don't get on well with many management texts.... I fall asleep reading them as theories are expounded and I struggle to match them up with my reality as an HR practitioner ..... Read more
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