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This is a good resource to help learners to excel as leaders, and for anyone who wants to learn about the length and breadth of coaching. If you want to debunk several myths on coaching, read this book. If you are passionate about coaching, read this book more than once. It will change the way you think about coaching.
This book is a treasure trove of useful information. Cox has collated an amazing collection of ideas drawn from many sources and, unlike pirates, she has carefully acknowledged and referenced all sources of her gems. She has also presented them in ways that offer many insights into the coaching process, plus plenty of practical suggestions for implementation. I couldn’t hope to capture so much in a review, so the following is an account of the various chapters, with brief glimpses of the treasures therein, with the intention of persuading you to get a copy for yourself so you can explore
Coaching Understood is a comprehensive, evidence based text that portrays coaching as the professional discipline that it deserves. This text was written with both the coach and client in mind. The author, Elaine Cox, has written a text that is long overdue; it will be a valuable resource for those researching coaching in an academic environment. The text has a theoretical feel, but is a valuable resource for practitioners. It’s the kind of text you might read with a highlighter in one hand.
This is a scholarly book about coaching that is refreshing in that it omits any reference to the GROW model and it does what it says on the back cover; i.e., it "takes a fresh approach to coaching skills and techniques by examining each element of the coaching process in detail in order to verify and justify its effectiveness". It is highly recommended to all coaches and it will be inspirational for those who come from an education (especially adult learning) background.
This book is a milestone in the coaching literature. Elaine Cox provides an excellent text that is scholarly, practical and accessible. She offers clear insights into how coaching works so that coaching is truly understood!
Bridging the gap between academic research/theory and the world of the practitioner is arguably the greatest challenge facing the coaching profession. Elaine Cox accomplishes this feat in one of the most difficult topic areas in a highly readable and accessible, yet evidence-based volume.
'Now here is a solid piece of research that serves to demonstrate both how and indeed why coaching works. Elaine defines the core of our reflective working practise. She then backs up the potency of each intervention used with rigorous scientific research. I know coaching works, my clients feel it working and now I am now armed with some effective research to prove how and why this invaluable practise has such a deep and lasting impact. This is a serious piece of research that is also a very satisfying read.
Good book for those selecting coaching as an optional unit within Dip. E & T
This book is too practical for a PhD course, but it might be a good book for those who supervise PhD students.
A great run through of all of the key learning for those undertaking a module in this now common business area.
The book did not sufficuiently link to the personal development model being used within the module for which it was being considered
A very enjoyable, detailed and scholarly book. The author weaves theroretical and practical applications coherently resulting in a holistic description of coaching.
An excellent book which focuses upon the skills of coaching. Each skill is discussed in detail and would support fully someone in a coaching role regardless of their experience.
I loved tgis book it has been an excellent text which I have used to suport my learners. They have found it very useful as support in their work roles.
This book offers a superb clarity to both the practice of coaching and the underpinning theory that defines this emergent profession. It deconstructs the coaching cycle so fluently for both coach and client. However, for me the chapters on Reflecting,Becoming Critical and Integrating Experience were so powerful and persuasive in both their theorical focus and - thinking and planning and their impact on actual experience. A fantastic read!
Dr Peter Treadwell
The book has changed the insight into coaching. Comprehensive explanation of the process helps understand why coaching really works. The book is easy to read even if you have the basic knowledge in psychology.
This is a good text for the first year modules of our MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice programme. It is already adapted for this purposes and students appreciate how relevant it is for their study.
A packet of so many key concepts and ideas in one slim packet. Perfect for beginner and a more advance reader!
Useful for several units, in particular the management units on managing staff performance
THe book migh relevant to a section of the Unit. I recommend it as supplemental for students if they are interested in the topic further.
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