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The Complete Handbook of Coaching

The Complete Handbook of Coaching

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464 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Easy to understand and read, The SAGE Handbook of Coaching provides a comprehensive coverage of the key areas in coaching and is a good introduction to the subject matter. As a single reference it sets the standard for its breadth of coverage of the field of coaching."
—Caroline Horner, Director, i-coach academy

"A fascinating, timely, and comprehensive text. . . This is a great resource for coaches of all persuasions, it is the most comprehensive handbook that I know, and it is one that I expect to cherish for a long time to come."
David Megginson, Sheffield Hallam University

This comprehensive guide to coaching explores a full variety of coaching theories, approaches, and settings, and offers strategies for the reader to identify and develop a personal style of coaching. The book is divided into three parts:

  • Part I explores the theoretical traditions that underpin the foundation for coaching such as cognitive-behavioral, gestalt and existential
  • Part II covers applied contexts, formats or types of coaching such as life, executive, peer, team, and career coaching
  • Part III focuses on professional issues that impact the coach, such as ethics, supervision, continuing professional development, standards, and mental health issues

Written by leading international authors, each chapter makes explicit links between theory and practice and generic questions will facilitate further reflection on the topic. There are also suggestions for reading and short case studies.

This is the first book to explore the differences between the theoretical perspectives of coaching and the links between these perspectives in relation to contexts, genres, and media of coaching.

Elaine Cox, Tatiana Bachkirova and David Clutterbuck
Graham Lee
The Psychodynamic Approach to Coaching
Helen Williams, Nick Edgerton and Stephen Palmer
Cognitive-Behavioural Coaching
Michael J. Cavanagh and Anthony M. Grant
The Solution-Focused Approach to Coaching
Stephen Joseph
The Person-Centred Approach to Coaching
Peter Bluckert
The Gestalt Approach to Coaching
Ernesto Spinelli
Existential Coaching
Alan Sieler
Ontological Coaching
David Drake
Narrative Coaching
Tatiana Bachkirova
The Cognitive-Developmental Approach to Coaching
John Rowan
The Transpersonal Approach to Coaching
Carol Kauffman, Ilona Boniwell and Jordan Silberman
The Positive Psychology Approach to Coaching
Trudi Newton and Rosemary Napper
Transactional Analysis and Coaching
Bruce Grimley
The NLP Approach to Coaching
Bob Tschannen-Moran
Skills and Performance Coaching
Elaine Cox and Peter Jackson
Developmental Coaching
Peter Hawkins and Nick Smith
Transformational Coaching
Jon Stokes and Richard Jolly
Executive and Leadership Coaching
Andrea Ellinger, Rona Beattie and Bob Hamlin
The Manager as Coach
David Clutterbuck
Team Coaching
Richard Ladyshewsky
Peer Coaching
Anthony Grant and Michael Cavanagh
Life Coaching
Bruce Hazen and Nicole A Steckler
Career Coaching
Geoffrey Abbott
Cross-Cultural Coaching: A Paradoxical Perspective
Bob Garvey
Mentoring in a Coaching World
David Lane, Reinhard Stelter and Sunny Stout Rostron
The Future of Coaching as a Profession
Diane Brennan and Leni Wildflower
Ethics in Coaching
Peter Hawkins
Coaching Supervision
Andrew Buckley
Coaching and Mental Health
Dianne Stober
Continuing Professional Development for Coaches
Elaine Cox, Tatiana Bachkirova and David Clutterbuck

"This book is the most thorough, comprehensive and accessible overview of key approaches to coaching yet on the market. A must for students and practitioners of coaching alike."

Dr Janice Russell, Executive and Life Coach, University of Hull

"Easy to understand and read, the Handbook of Coaching provides a comprehensive coverage of the key areas in coaching and is a good introduction to the subject matter. As a single reference it sets the standard for its breadth of coverage of the field of coaching." - Dr Caroline Horner, Director, i-coach Academy

"A fascinating, timely and comprehensive text... This is a great resource for coaches of all persuasions. It is the most comprehensive handbook that I know, and it is one that I expect to cherish for a long time to come." - Prof David Megginson, Sheffield Hallam University

Good resource. Plenty of background and theory. All round very good.

Ms Rita Kinsella
Coachi, Univ. of East Anglia
June 29, 2014

Absolute classic! The ultimate textbook!

Dr Ioanna Iordanou
Warwick Business School, Warwick University
February 25, 2014

Supplements basic skills

Dr Jackie Taylor
School of Health Care Professions, Salford University
April 30, 2013

I refer to this book daily for my own development and to support me in my lectures.

Mrs Catherine Birtwistle
Law, University centre at Blackburn college
January 24, 2013

Right from the beginning this book has an academic style suitable for a University environment. Equally it is easy to read and able to be the companion of an individual undertaking any level of personal study or with an interest in Coaching. The large number of contributors to the book adds value to the knowledge that this book is grounded in a wide variety of approaches rather than that of only the authors.

The book introduces how it is organized and how it intends to reveal the information within it systematically making it easy and practical to follow but also enabling the reader to easily navigate to specific areas of interest.

I have many books on coaching however each one has a specific approach or focus. This book covers all key approaches and is therefore a comprehensive overview that is both an excellent introduction and an in depth library for newcomers and experienced coaches alike. I believe this book will become my preferred text for Coaching.

The references supporting each chapter are relevant, up to date and comprehensive providing this book with a sound evidence base at all stages.

I particularly like the three sections of this book. In my opinion it is well structured and provides both the student and lecturer with all the information on which to learn and further debate the subject, skills and craft of Coaching.

Dr Julie Cullen
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Southampton University
December 16, 2012

A thorough review of coaching and its uses in a range of settings, this is recommended reading for anyone undertaking direct work with service users. The models are extremely helpful addition to any social workers toolkit in promoting change and engaging service users.

Ms Sarah Cresswell
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Hull University
December 11, 2012

Excellent book for this masters programme: Coaching and Mentoring Skills for Leading, at Hertfordshire University. Has a very good range of coaching approaches for students to consider and critically analyse, from seminal writers in the field of coaching and coaching psychology.

Dr Janice Cook
Business Administration , University of Hertfordshire
November 19, 2012

Is based more on business rather than on sport but there are elements which can be used by the students

Mr Kieran Perkins
Sport, Tresham Institute
September 7, 2012

Giving a good overview and many detailed citations this was considered by the majority of students to be a very useful reference guide.
We recommended this as a supplemental book

Mr Nigel Battley
Organisational learning, East Midlands Ambulance Service
May 8, 2012

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Elaine Cox

Elaine is a principal lecturer and the leader of programmes for the International Centre for Coaching and Leadership Development at Oxford Brookes University in the UK, where she also directs the Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring Programme and supervises doctoral students. She is an experienced researcher, author and editor and has recently co-edited the bestselling book, The Complete Handbook of Coaching, 2nd edition. Her other books with SAGE include Coaching Understood (2013) and she is also the founding editor of The International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching & Mentoring. More About Author

Tatiana Bachkirova

Tatiana Bachkirova is Professor of Coaching Psychology and Director of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council at the Institute of Coaching at Harvard and Convener and Chair of the International Conference on Coaching Supervision. As an active researcher she has published many articles, book chapters and books including Developmental Coaching: Working with the Self and the SAGE Handbook of Coaching (2017).  More About Author

David A. Clutterbuck

David Clutterbuck is visiting professor of coaching and mentoring at both Sheffield Hallam and Oxford Brookes Universities. Co-founder of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and chair of the International Standards for Mentoring Programmes in Employment and a board member of the International Mentoring Association, he supervises coaches around the world. A regular amongst the list of HR Most Influentials, he is author or co-author of 55 books. He consults and lectures globally on coaching and mentoring. More About Author

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