5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Insightful, Accessible and Thought-Provoking,
This review is from: Relational Coaching: Journeys Towards Mastering One to One Learning (Hardcover)
In this text, deHaan seeks to answer a very pertinent question: "How can coaches make the best use of the only effective ingredient that they are able to influence - that of the coaching relationship?". The book examines the relationship between coach and coachee and through a combination of personal insight, rigorous research (both cited from other sources and that conducted by deHaan and colleagues) and case material, examines this relationship mainly from the perspective of the coachee.
The book is divided into three sections, each focusing on a different aspect of the coaching relationship; from the main effective ingredients of coaching derived from the latest research to a critical overview of the aids and activities that coaches may utilise. The appendices also include a very comprehensive set of ethical guidelines for coaches (taken from Ashridge Business School) and verbatim exerpts from coaching sessions. These exerpts, along with the other case material provide an effective way to illustrate the research conclusions, and are used to very good effect.
The book, whilst providing an outstanding coverage of contemporary research on coaching, is written in an accessible way, and will be suitable for coaches, coachees and those with an academic interest in the field. In addition, individuals who are new to the area of coaching will find clear explanations of the coaching process and of the role of coach and coachee.
deHaan has written a book that demonstrates the academic rigour around aspects of coaching and where the future of the discipline may lie, with a specific focus on the most important predictor of the outcome of coaching; the relationship between coach and coachee.
Well written, insightful and thought-provoking; suitable for both novice and professional.
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