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Summary

The definitive edition - updated and expanded, with access to an online toolkit.

Co-Active Coaching offers current and aspiring coaches, leaders and managers in organisations and anyone wanting to strengthen interpersonal relationships a practical yet transformative communication process called the Co-Active Model. Since its creation by the authors more than 25 years ago, the Co-Active Model and the book have formed the foundation of the authors' six-part coach training program delivered globally to tens of thousands of individuals each year through the authors' training institute, CTI.  

With its origins in the coaching profession, the Co-Active Model also applies to work and interpersonal relationships because it is based on principles of effective communication backed by current scientific research. In this highly-anticipated new edition, the universal applicability of the the Co-Active Model is emphasised. It goes beyond the one-on-one coach/coachee structure to include guidance for leaders and managers on how they can add a coaching competency to their professional skill set.

New to this edition:

  • Every chapter has been updated for relevance and direct application to coaching in all of its forms, including in the workplace
  • New material covering: current neuroscience research, Co-Active approaches to leadership development and working with groups and teams
  • More examples drawn from the authors' firsthand experiences, especially in workplace settings 
  • More examples of the Co-Active Model applied internationally
  • Web-based 'Toolkit' with 27 exercises, questionnaires, checklists, and reproducible forms

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our Desktop Site.

©2018 Karen Kimsey-House (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"The bible of coaching guides.... No other book gives you the tools, skills, and the fundamentals needed to succeed in these delicate relationships." (Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)

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Clearly explained coaching techniques

I found this book to be full of clearly explained coaching techniques and plenty of demonstrations to hear it in practice. There are also some great free tools available on their website.
As a recently trained coach I know I will be dipping in and out of this book frequently. Really enjoyed it, one of the better books I have come across.

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Coaches guide to higher coaching

As a novice coach this book builds on what I have learnt in terms of coaching theory such as the GROW model. In fact the guidance offered in this book builds on the basics so naturally that it is easy to follow and apply despite my inexperience.

The authors seamlessly weave their framework with stories, examples and perspectives throughtout making this an enjoyable experience. There is an underpinning aim to the authors framework and that is, as a coach, to reach a level of relationship with your coachee that moves beyond basic guidance and into the realms of unbias friendship. As such, the authors provide effective and simple tools in which to develop oneself through practice to the benefit of both the coachee and yourself.

Overall, this book is a must for any coach wishing to develop their practice into something more meaningful and effective.

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Interesting book

I liked the way th book was written or narrated in a n understandable way, and it's a good comolemt for my coaching certification, plus the tool kit online. Is quite useful

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Bit trite and dull

Some good theory here but literally just hours of homage to how great coaching is with little really grit and substance, a beginners book, nothing wrong with that of course - if you want a fluffy, sickly take on what coaching is go for it - better coaching material out there that gets to the point. I’m a UK reader and this appears US Centric

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Great coaches with great material

I really liked how deep the book was in to practical coaching. I especially liked the parts with faked coaching conversations to drive the points home.

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A great ways to spend your time.

Such a fantastic audio book that will transform your professional practice and improve your relationships personally.

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  • 24-01-20

Fantastic Coaching Manual

Loved it!

Thorough, understandable, brilliant book from the gold standard coaching gurus! 10 stars or more...

A must read for anyone who’d like to become a coach. Highly recommend!

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  • Christine
  • 21-07-21

Excellent book for anyone interested in coaching.

This book was a great introduction into the world of coaching. I only wish there were more sample coaching sessions. It’s great for any level of coaching or if you need a review.

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  • Scoutmaster Lou
  • 11-03-21

Great reference for coaches and coaching

This is one of the few texts that is a good audiobook. I will re-listen a few times

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  • A. Mai
  • 02-03-20

Great content, great narration.

Narration is on point.

Loved the content. Succinct and packs a punch. Helped me grow much more as a life coach. Recommend to anyone who does coaching of any kind!