The Art of Coaching: A Handbook of Tips and Tools

Author(s) : Jenny Bird, Author(s) : Sarah Gornall

The Art of Coaching: A Handbook of Tips and Tools

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2015
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 240
  • Category :
    Coaching
  • Catalogue No : 38158
  • ISBN 13 : 9781138891869
  • ISBN 10 : 113889186X

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The Art of Coaching is a book to shift thinking and open up new possibilities, to stimulate fresh insight, to adapt to your needs as a coach or manager and to use creatively in practice. Written by two experienced, highly qualified international coaches and supervisors, this creative book offers ideas to use across the range of coaching contexts including leadership, decision making, change and supervision. Combining brand-new, original diagrams with classic models from the learning development and management fields, Jenny Bird and Sarah Gornall have a created a valuable resource for quick reference, instant accessibility and fast learning, built on a strong theoretical base.

Each model in the book is explained with a clear, accessible diagram and a simple guide to what it is, how it works and how to put it into action. The text is full of inspiration for applications of the ideas in scenarios based on real coaching practice. The Art of Coaching will be an invaluable companion for coaches looking for new ways of developing awareness with clients, coaching students and trainees, coach supervisors, learning and development professionals and those working in human resource departments.

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"This book is compelling, it is fun, and it is comprehensive. To a large extent it can replace coaching itself: I am sure coachees will be delighted to work with it and might prefer the book to their coach. For coaches, it is the best representation of classic models I have seen - and it perfectly illustrates the balance between intellect and intuition which makes great coaching."
- Erik de Haan, Professor of Organisation Development & Director of Centre for Coaching, Ashridge Business School, UK

"Jenny Bird and Sarah Gornall make the case for a visual approach to working on issues in coaching. They share the models that they use, and explain how they use them, and how clients put them into action. They also illustrate how coaches and clients can create their own models and what this approach to creativity does to free up and empower clients. This book offers a heartening challenge to coaches who rely exclusively on speech and text, and offers a route to illumination for even those frozen into a world of words."
- David Megginson, Emeritus Professor of HRD at Sheffield Hallam University, UK

"This book is a joy to read. The choice to use a 'constant interplay of words and images' makes this rich resource, eminently readable. It brings to the table wide-ranging practices for coaches, leaders, managers, mentors and supervisors - a veritable feast of images, ideas, suggestions, new tools, intriguing models. Creativity is explored and shared so generously and the reader is encouraged at every point to play with the practical and imaginative ideas in this book. The authors' extensive experience shines from every page and the reader is offered plenty of further reading. A unique and valuable addition to professional literature!"
- Edna Murdoch, Founder and Director of the Coaching Supervision Academy, UK

"Jenny Bird and Sarah Gornall have distilled an extensive range of models that coaches at all levels will value. With their deep understanding of the purpose and practice of coaching this book is a great resource for practicing coaches. From contracting to creativity, this menu of models based on imagery and diagrams is written in an accessible summarised manner. Prompting ways to use each model rather than prescribing, the handwritten illustrations exude a working style that is both insightful and practical. Drawing on the power of metaphor and exploring how to use shapes to get to better understanding, this book will help coaches to move their clients beyond the analytical bias endemic in most executive roles, and get to insights that will make a real difference to their personal and professional effectiveness."
- Penny de Valk, Managing Director, Penna Talent Practice, London, UK

About the Author(s)

Jenny Bird has successfully coached CEOs, senior executives and other leaders since 2000. She supervises coaches internationally to develop their competence and enhance their coaching presence. She has been in the forefront of the development of coaching in the UK and is in demand as a speaker at conferences nationally and internationally.

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Sarah Gornall is a coach, mentor, supervisor and trainer. She works with coaches across the UK and internationally to develop coaching competence and confidence, and coaches leaders and managers across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. The author of several books, her wide experience informs her creative approach to supporting great professional coaching.

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