on 7 February 2012
The relationship in coaching is at the heart of this book. As with most relationships, it has a depth and complexity that is both engaging and challenging.
If you wish to explore the concept of relational coaching from different perspectives and to relate it your practice, this is the book for you. The editors have brought together an interesting range of authors who speak with different voices and explore varying perspectives of this rich topic. The threads that they weave together lead the reader through a journey of exploration and reflection.
This book offers a great mix of theory, based upon expertise in this field, together with an encouragement and guidance on how one can develop ones own practice. A worthwhile read for all invovled in coaching and more genernally in relational practice
on 7 July 2012
"I wish I had had access to this book when I took a course on coaching a few
years ago at the end of which I was asked what coach I wanted to be and what
model of coaching I would be using. My reaction was that I saw coaching as a
'learning conversation', a relationship so am delighted that it is the
'relationship' between coach and coachee that this book focuses on.
As Bill Critchley puts it "relationship is the core social process" and what
sets this book apart from all the others advocating this coaching model or
that is the case it makes that it is the relationship between coach and
coachee that holds the key to effective coaching. But there are also plenty
of 'models' that help the coach re-examine the nature of their relationship
with the coachee, For example, chapter 7 provides different perspectives on
how the coaching contract might be perceived, chapter 10 uses Patricia
Clarkson's 5 modes of therapeutic relationships as a new way of examining
the coach-coachee relationship and Chapter 10 makes us question whether the
language we are using is in fact 'common' and understood by both coach and
coachee in the same way..
I also applaud how coaching is positioned within the wider context of
organisational practice. As Bill Critchley observes 'coaching is not just
relational in itself, but it is part of a wider relational process which is
the essence of what constitutes organisational life' In this respect this
book fits very well into Libri's other publications on 'relational'