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Excellence in excellent!!
on 25 January 2008
I feel this is the coaching book I've been waiting for and I suspect many readers will feel the same. It is not for the beginner, but for any experienced coach, coach supervisor or trainer of coaches this is a rich source indeed.
The book is essentially an anthology, but with recurring themes throughout each contribution. Many of the chapters are also presented under a set of uniform headings which makes comparing and contrasting ideas and approaches very easy. There are contributions from many of the better known commentators and a full range of topics from `What is Coaching?' to `Coaching Ethics'
The book is structured in three parts. In Part 1, The Business of Coaching, Frank Bresser and Carol Wilson provide a chapter on exactly what coaching is while Katherine Tulpa and Alex Szabo present chapters on `Coaching within organizations' and `Setting up and running your coaching practice' respectively.
Part 2 is dedicated to coaching models and approaches. This is the central part of the book and includes eight chapters ranging from a detailed examination of the ubiquitous GROW model from its originator Graham Alexander to a look at how coaching can contribute to managing stress by Cary Cooper and Maria Alicia Pena.
The Third part is concerned with professional issues with a chapter on ethics by Allard de Jong and one on coaching supervision from Dr Peter Hawkins.
Each chapter is a well-thought out summary of a given topic from an author with a particular interest. As such different readers will favour different contributions but I would encourage anyone to read all of the book as, in its entirety, it represents a tidy overview of the profession as it stands today.
My particular interests would lead me to highlight the chapter on Transpersonal Coaching by John Whitmore and Hetty Einzig and Philippe Rosinski and Geoffrey Abbott's chapter on intercultural coaching. The transpersonal model offers an accessible way for business coaches, experienced with GROW and so on, to take their clients to the next level and begin to examine more `spiritual' issues. Intercultural coaching offers essential tools for coaches who assist managers in global organisations with a wide mix of regional, national, ethnic and professional cultural groups. I also really enjoyed `Solution focused coaching' by Anthony Grant and `Cognitive behavioural coaching' by Michael Neenan.