It is always difficult to make the decision to purchase an expensive book. I know that when I, myself, am faced with a daunting price tag of over 100 dollars I want to be certain the money is worth it. Ultimately, as a reviewer, I cannot make that decision for you. What I can tell you is that I think this is the single most responsible collection on coaching. I believe this volume should be assigned in coach training programs and owned by professionals working in the field.
Section one is a treasure trove of information on coaching. You won't find basic skills here, such as advice about how to ask powerful questions. Instead, you will get a high altitude view of the profession. Chapters deal with difficult issues such as balancing client privacy when you are contracting with an employer for coaching, dealing with gender issues, and working with teams. If you are a life coach and think this sounds a little too much like organizational coaching then let me tell you that Anthony Grant's chapter on the efficacy of coaching and Rodney Lowman's on ethics are must-reads. Lowman introduces 8 ethical principles that all working professionals should know.
Section two covers mentoring. Much is made-- both in print and in person-- about the differences between coaching and mentoring. Even so, most of the coaches I know occasionally take on mentoring roles and there are times, even within a session, when coaches might shift temporarily into the mentorship role. Chapter 13 offers a summary of insights from a wide range of research related to training mentors. You might be surprised by the results related to mentor interruptions or the absence of discussion regarding the source of mentors' ideas.
Section three is a fairly standard "Theories and models" section. Coaches love their models and this is a laundry list of theoretical approaches to personal growth. You'll find the usual suspects here: psychodynamic theories, and Gestalt, and motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral approaches. Although this was the least exciting section for me some of the authors are well-known names in the world of coaching psychology and there will undoubtedly be information contained within this section that is new to you.
The concluding section is a grab bag of issues. In fact, it was the chapter on emotions in coaching that caused me to purchase this book in the first place. This vitally important topic is rarely written about and author Kate Hefferon does a fine job of educating readers regarding the nature of emotion and why it is so relevant to the coaching endeavor. Other topics of interest here are cultural and virtual issues that are so common in today's coaching world.
I am not privy to your financial situation so I cannot tell you whether this book is worth it to you. I am privy to the contents of the book, however, and I can tell you that there is fresh, responsible, and useful information contained between the covers. It makes me believe there is a solid, scientific and intelligent foundation for coaching. I am glad I bought it.
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1119237904
- 条形码: 9781119237907
- 商品尺寸: 16.8 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
- 商品重量: 839 g
- 品牌: Wiley-Blackwell
- ASIN: 1119237904
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