Summary of Co-Active Coaching

New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and Life

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Co-Active Coaching book summary
Co-active coaches help their clients achieve satisfaction in both work and life.


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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.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What co-active coaching is;
  • How co-active coaching can help you change; and
  • Why co-active coaching extends far beyond the workplace.


Coaching as Partnership
Ten years ago, a coach working with a corporate executive would recommend solutions for specific problems. But, as coaching has become more popular, techniques have evolved and the field has changed focus. Problem solving is now a by-product of the process, which...
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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.

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    Isaac Trevino 2 years ago
    I enjoyed the summary. I listened to this on audio book, and it is one I will revisit. The subject matter is crucial to my job as a manager.

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