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Well structured – You’ll find this to be particularly well organized to support its reception or application.
Ten years ago, coaches were essentially consultants who prescribed specific behaviors for clients struggling in the workplace. These days, coaches have much more experience and expertise; the best of them relate to their clients “co-actively,” as partners rather than as authority figures. In fact, Laura Whitworth, Karen Kimsey-House, Henry Kimsey-House and Phillip Sandahl contend that such coaching can facilitate fundamental changes in many aspects of a client’s life, not just at work, and they outline the skills coaches need to accomplish this. The book includes a CD that explains the basic principles of their philosophy, and an appendix with forms and exercises for coaches and clients. getAbstract recommends it to managers and human resource professionals who want to brush up the softer side of their coaching skills.
About the Authors
Laura Whitworth, Karen Kimsey-House and Henry Kimsey-House are co-founders of an institute that trains coaches, while Phillip Sandahl co-founded an organization that evaluates workplace teams and provides coaching.