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VINE VOICEon 19 May 2010
This book by Peter Bluckert gets into the whats, hows and whys of executive coaching. Rather than simply provide recommended techniques as many coaching texts do, Bluckert goes into a little more of the psychology of how and why those techniques are effective. Bluckert explains and contrasts the elements of different psychological frameworks (Gestalt, psychodynamic, person - centred and cognitive - behavioural) and he provides some useful analysis of how client's presenting challenges may only be symptoms of a more deep seated issue, which is where the coach can really add value. The coach identifies a complete picture by maintaining a state of 'interested curiosity', whilst remaining detached from the coachee's emotional responses. Bluckert provides numerous references to research, which provides a degree of academic rigour, somewhat lacking in some competing texts. The book addresses the importance of maintaining a state of 'awareness' on the parts of both the coach and coachee, avoiding the temptation to rush to a solution for the presenting problem and of understanding the coachee's wider perspective - the context in which the coachee is judging his / her experiences. I found this to be an interesting read - a good balance which provides a readable, practical working text, whilst providing a good grounding of academic research and psychological analysis.
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on 19 September 2015
I wish I had read the book earlier in my coaching journey as it gives rational to all those thoughts running through my head. A book I no doubt will re-read again
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on 30 November 2007
As a practising career coach and author I found this book immensely useful. Not only does it remind readers of the key structures underlying professional coaching, and offers some excellent working models, but it also offers profound insights into the psychology which underlies coaching, including the vital importance of continuing personal growth for the coach. A must-read for anyone in a professional coaching role.
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on 28 August 2014
It's a good overview of executive coaching but I'm not sure that it gives as much insight into the psychological dimensions as the title suggests
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on 16 March 2009
I found this book easy to read, not over complex. It is systmeatic in taking you through each element of the contents and doesn't get lost on the way. It gives thought provoking material and challenges things that are already out there. The psychological dimensions are well covered without being too complicated.
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on 19 June 2015
Speedy delivery. Book recommended for ILM Coaching for Level 3.
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