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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan Page; 2 edition (3 Jan. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749475498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749475499
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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"John is a gifted insightful communicator in his writing and his teaching, both of which I've had the pleasure to experience and witness. He artfully brings this seemingly mysterious yet hugely transformative field to life with eloquence, wisdom, real examples and practical tips. Prepare to be inspired!" (Liz Hall, editor of Coaching at Work and editor of Coaching in Times of Crisis and Transformation 2015-10-09)

"an insightful but practical stepping-stone for coaches wanting to embrace a systemic approach in their practice. I do not think it is possible to be truly effective as a coach without supporting the client to become more aware of the systems in which they belong." (David Clutterbuck, co-founder of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (about the previous edition) 2015-12-15)

"His lucid explanations built on his depth of experience are in my view essential reading for coaches" (Alison Hardingham, Executive coach and author (about previous edition) 2015-12-15)

Book Description

Provides a clear introduction to the potentially complex subject of systemic coaching, with practical advice on application and implementation

Contains a wide range of tailored exercises which coaches can use for their own development, in one to one coaching sessions, when they're coaching teams and when facilitating workshops

Includes case studies from the author's own work, a joint ICF/EMCC constellation workshop and examples from coaches around the world, including Australia, Mexico, France, Spain, US and the Netherlands

Includes answers to the most frequently asked questions in workshops and training sessions to give the reader instant responses to these common areas of enquiry or concern

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This is an excellent book, fully deserving its five stars and highly suited to the audience John is aiming for. I would recommend it to anyone.

What is good about it? To be brief, I'll focus on five areas.

First, it is fit for purpose. The purpose is to bring into coaching (where the aim is to make the client more effective in their business role) a method developed in family systems therapy, where the goal is resolving a personal issue. This book gets the tone just right, not just in its application to organisational and business examples, but in its sensitive references at the end of the book to ways of bringing personal work in where necessary: 'using the family system as resource isn't therapy: it's resourcing' (p.216).

Second, it's full of useful, practical examples - from how to introduce the systems approach, and the constellations method, into coaching, right through to well written and convincing examples supplied, not just by the author, but by a range of business coaches.

Third, it's well researched and inclusive. John understands systems thinking, and the constellations method, very well, as all his examples show, but he has not forgotten that other methods work too - having an introduction from David Clutterbuck (who writes generously, 'Coaching the client must inevitably involve coaching the system') shows his readiness to include all valid coaching methods, rather than seeing everything through a constellations lens.

Fourth, it's very sound. John understands the principles of systemic work very well and he makes those tangible and real.

And finally, it's elegantly put. 'Working without intention ... all behaviour makes sense in the context of the system to which it belongs ... the coach as useful, not helpful ...
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For a subject that seems at first glance rather complicated and too ungraspable to put into words, John has managed to write a very practical and informative guide to Systemic Coaching while still acknowledging the ungraspable nature of the work.

Working as an executive/leadership coach with individual clients in the main, i am increasingly struck by how multi layered and complex my client's system is in which he/she operates. As a result I am noticing more and more that focussing on a clients' personal and leadership development, without holding the wider system in mind and addressing some if its issues , is just not cutting it anymore. So this book is very timely, and has become one of the more valuable and important additions to my library.

John sets out clearly and insightfully the principles of systemic coaching while bringing it to life with lots of real life examples and applications. It was a breath of fresh air to read. I am an experienced coach, but new to systemic coaching/constellations and this book, together with John's teaching, has subtly though significantly impacted the way I work.

If you're curious about the subject this is a highly recommended read!
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This book is about a complex subject, and one that others have struggled to put into words. John Whittington has done a remarkable job in sharing his considerable skills and experience in systemic constellations with a lay audience in a way that anyone reading this can understand.

For the novice, this book will stimulate interest and pique curiosity. The next step should be to go and attend an organisational or (even better) family constellation session and experience that part of this which is not so easy to put into words first hand. For those who have some experience, this book is a brilliant reference and reminder of the basic principles. Working systemically with constellations is rather like playing the Irish Penny Whistle, easy to pick up and a lifetime to master.

A welcome addition to what is still a lamentably small canon of literature on the subject.
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This is THE book I was looking for years about Systemic Coaching and Constellations. The author not only provides an easy reading but, at the same time, deeply packed with examples, exercises, tips and many other resources. I just started integrating some of the contents in my work of Human Performance Facilitation and the results are amazing.
In one word: Brilliant!
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This is an excellent book on Systemic Coaching and Constellations! Highly recommend it if you are interested in understanding more about it and learning to coach in this very intuitive way. John writes so clearly and the chapters (and their sub-sections) are so well laid out that it makes it possible to dip in and out easily. He also includes some very useful exercises for coaches.
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The first edition of this book permanently sits on my side table as a go to reference. It will finally be dislodged by this wonderful update. It's a classic of coaching and developmental texts.

John Whittington manages to pull off a remarkable double act in his writing. He both creates an invitation to think and coach from an entirely different space (giving insights into how this can be useful to you in growing as a coach and how you can create client spaces that offer the opportunity for transformation), and he provides several practical guides ("how to" instructions, step by step interventions, example case studies). In this sense this book is both transformational and highly practical.

The new chapter on Belonging is greatly appreciate, and provides a jigsaw piece that I now see was not fully present in the first edition. Belonging, "innocence" and "guilt" are hidden forces that pervade organisational life and (dys) function. Understanding and learning to work with these forces will be valuable to both coach and leader.
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