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Coaching Across Cultures: New Tools for Levereging National, Corporate and Professional Differences: New Tools for Leveraging National, Corporate and Professional Differences Paperback – 30 Jan 2003
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Coaching Across Cultures is an outstanding book that explains how to develop the new breed of leadership necessary to achieve sustainable high performance in today's global and multicultural environment. This visionary piece of work is both profound and practical. It will show you how to leverage human potential and its rich cultural diversity, to the benefit of employees, customers, shareholders and society at large. (Dean O'Hare, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Chubb Corporation)
Philippe Rosinski is a leader in the coaching field. Coaching Across Cultures reveals his pioneering multi-cultural approach and innovative global perspective. His book is a treasure for anyone eager to learn how to effectively facilitate human fulfilment and responsible growth. (Laura Berman Fortgang, author of Take Yourself to the Top and Living Your Best Life)
By integrating effective coaching practices with intercultural know-how and sensibilities, Philippe Rosinski's Coaching Across Cultures will serve personal and executive coaching practitioners from around the world for many years to come. Articulate, insightful, eminently practical, and fueled by his rich experience and deep humanity, Rosinski, moreover, convincingly makes the case for linking our personal and organizational goals with those of our communities and our planet as a whole. He makes, thereby, a much needed contribution to helping us think and act systemically - globally and locally. (Michael H. Hoppe, Ph.D. Senior Research & Program Associate, Center for Creative Leadership)
Philippe Rosinski brings a depth of cultural understanding and awareness to the field of coaching. His work is wonderful and much needed! (Talane Miedaner, author of Coach Yourself to Success)
For those who are managing across countries and regions and who are willing to get the best out of that rich melting pot of cultures across all operating companies, just read Coaching Across Cultures! You will find Philippe Rosinski's book highly stimulating. (Olivier Desforges, Senior Vice President, Unilever)
As coaches and clients increasingly realise, the demands of business mean that it is now vital to integrate, understand and leverage cultural differences across countries and corporations. This work bridges the gap between coaching and interculturalism.See all Product description
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In Coaching Across Cultures, the author Philippe Rosinski attempts to blend two domains of leadership: coaching and diversity.
In Part 1 Rosinski outlines his views on coaching fundamentals such as how the term is defined, the different types of professional coaching and the coaching process. For readers familiar with coaching there is little here that will be new, but for those with less experience or those seeking a good refresher, the section neatly captures current thinking in an accessible format.
In Part 2 readers are introduced to the Cultural Orientations Framework which seeks to identify and quantify areas of cultural difference such as approaches to time management and communication. Rosinski takes time in this section to outline several dimensions of cultural orientation and to illustrate how coaches can work within these contexts to best allow the potential of the coachee to shine through. It is this part of the book which contains the most practical ideas many of which I will try the next time I meet my group of European managers.
The book concludes with a 3rd part which outlines Rosinski's Global Scorecard, a model that attempts to encourage coaches and coachees alike to work towards a range of objectives from the deeply personal to those that might impact much wider communities.
Coaching Across Cultures is a reasonably well written book with a structure that enables readers to pick topics of particular interest or to read straight through.
It is good to see a book on coaching featuring genuine organisational case studies, but here only 2 or 3 organisations are featured. The book might also disappoint readers looking for brand new concepts, as it is ultimately a synthesis of existing ideas including Transactional Analysis and NLP.
Coaching is defined as "the art of facilitating the unleashing of people's potential to reach meaningful, important objectives" (page 4). Surprisingly there is nothing distinctly cross-cultural in the definition. Such as "the art of facilitating in culturally relevant ways the unleashing of people's potential..." This definition could come from any book on coaching. Culture is defined broadly to include not just nations and peoples, but corporate culture as well.
The real meat of the book is the second section, nearly half the text. The author presents a series of Cultural Orientations each with tools for how to assess them through coaching. Orientations such as a sense of power and responsibility, time, identity and purpose, organization and communication each have a chapter devoted to them. The author begins each chapter with a presentation of the various cultural perspectives on the Orientation, for example, concerning time there are grids of scarce or plentiful; one activity at a time or multiple tasks; and past, present or future orientation. The author presents a tool for the coach to understand the client's orientation, and for the client (and teammates) to understand himself or herself. The final section is a synthesis of the theory into practice. The author illustrates how he uses his detailed Cultural Orientation grid during coaching sessions.
This book is helpful for those interested in the cross-cultural issues. The book gets a bit lost in trying to reach a wide audience by focusing on at least three audience needs: skills for coaching people of other cultures, cross-cultural team awareness, and personal cultural awareness. The niche this book best fits would be a multicultural team trying to understand each other and how a team leader might coach them through that process of understanding.