Relational Coaching: Journeys Towards Mastering One to One Learning Hardcover – 15 Apr 2008
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. drawing on much quantitative and qualitative research it has a very different focus from most of the mainstream books on coaching . People Management 29 May De Haan s masterful and impressive book gives a complete overview of the coaching profession Training & Coaching Today April 2008 a finely assembled case for an emphasis on the whole relationship in coaching an intensely practical manual. (Coaching at Work, November 2010).
"De Haan's masterful and impressive book gives a complete overview of the coaching profession"
"...."drawing on much quantitative and qualitative research...it has a very different focus from most of the mainstream books on coaching".
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A review by Des O'Connell
Do you ever look back on a coaching session and wonder if you've done the right thing? Worry about whether you may have done too much, or too little? Or (if the session has gone well) wonder what, if anything, you did that made a difference? If you do, I strongly recommend this book.
Some books on coaching can seem `top down', didactic - describing what good coaches do (or ought to do). This is more `from the inside out' - exploring what it feels like coaching; acknowledging the uncertainties that lurk within the emergent process, the courage required to go into the fog, with the coachee, not knowing where things may end up; trusting the process, hoping.
Its central message is simple, radical and liberating: focus on getting the relationship right - the working alliance between you and your coachee. Research shows that if you get that right, it won't matter too much what style of coaching you adopt or what interventions you make or don't make. The coaching is likely to be effective.
Lessons from the world of psychotherapy
De Haan begins with a look at extensive meta-research now available in the field of psychotherapy which shows that -
* Therapy works
* No one school or approach appears more or less effective than another
* Even within a single approach (e.g. CBT) no one intervention seems more or less significant in terms of its impact
This suggests that what matters is not the differences between approaches, or the individual ingredients within a given approach, but the factors that all these approaches share.Read more ›
Part I begins: The Ways of Coaching, and this sounds like a great place to start. de Haan takes us through trends; how coaching practice has grown and what he believes are the "active ingredients"; and even raises the stone tablets of the "Ten Commandments of the Executive Coach"; before finally working through the critical moments of the coaching relationship. In each of these we get a glimpse of the profession and personal side of de Haan's practice and his passion for excellence.
There is a significant chunk of the book dedicated to the data collected. Indeed the whole of Part II (and that's 120 or so pages) takes us through the process of gathering and analysis of said data. I found myself quite interested and amazingly I even read carefully statistics that when delivered by others in different formats had helped me sleep better. And as indeed de Haan found whilst on his holidays, the engaging nature of the research makes it hard to stay away from. These in-sites or clips of real coaching experience are essential reading for both beginners and experienced practitioner. To have access to such data will give coaches a deep well of experience to draw from.
Part III, continues along the "courageous" theme and is titled The Ways of Excellence.Read more ›
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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Relational Coaching: Journeys Towards Mastering One-to-one Learning is an outstanding and timely contribution to the field of executive coaching. Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2009 by C. J. van Nieuwerburgh