The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: From Theory to Practice

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"Definitive, with extensive references and a commitment toconnecting theory to practice in every chapter, this importantcontribution is a delicious and wide-ranging exploration of thelineages that have shaped the modern practice of coaching."
Doug Silsbee, author, Presence-Based Coaching andThe Mindful Coach

"The translation of theories from multiple disciplines to thepractice of coaching makes this book a must-read!"
Terrence E. Maltbia, senior lecturer, Adult Learning andLeadership; and faculty director, Columbia Coaching CertificationProgram, Teachers College, Columbia University

"If you have an appetite for the scientific roots of what worksbest in coaching, and you are hungry for an easy-to-digesttranslation of the science to practice, this book is a feast andwill be on your plate for many years to come."
Margaret Moore (Coach Meg), founder and CEO, WellcoachesCorporation; and codirector, Institute of Coaching, McLeanHospital, Harvard Medical School

"Whether you're a beginner or an experienced coach, thisrollicking ride through dozens of the most important theories andperspectives in coaching will be a vital companion. With quick andhelpful summaries of key ideas and their use—and selectivebibliographies should you wish to go deeper into a particulararea—this book will help you support your clients in atargeted and sophisticated way."
Jennifer Garvey Berger, author, Changing on the Job:Growing the Leaders Our Organizations Need; and coeditor,Executive Coaching: Practices and Perspectives

"This is a book I have been missing. What a pleasure to read andwhat a stretching of my mind."
Kim GØrtz, senior consultant, Copenhagen CoachingCenter

"Anyone who is serious about improving the quality of coachingwill find The Handbook an invaluable resource that reflectsthe breadth and richness of the growing evidence-based approach tocoaching practice."
David Clutterbuck, visiting professor in the coaching andmentoring faculties, Oxford Brookes and Sheffield HallamUniversities

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There are books on the theory of coaching, and there are books onhow to coach. This book fills the gap between the two.

In The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching, a stellarinternational panel of more than twenty practitioners offer anoverview of the major theoretical models and sources of knowledgethat have contributed to current coaching practice. For each theoryand knowledge area there are specific examples of how it mighteffectively be applied in a coaching engagement and recommendedresources for further study.

Drawing on a wide range of academic disciplines, includingpsychology, adult learning, conflict management, communication,organizational development, and leadership, this book establishesthe intellectual underpinnings of the profession. It alsoidentifies alternative sources of wisdom, such as spiritualtraditions and the self-help and human potential movements, andcovers a range of specialized approaches, from narrative andsomatic coaching to coaching for sustainability, to create arounded picture of coaching's origins and practices.

Along the way, it explores the challenges and possibilities ofthe contemporary work environment with all its pressure, structuralcomplexity, and diversity, and the range of strategies available tothe coach.

Whether you are an aspiring coach exploring the field, anexperienced practitioner eager to expand your knowledge, or aleader, manager, or HR professional seeking to understand the scopeand value of coaching, you will find The Handbook ofKnowledge-Based Coaching an essential resource and an inspiringread.

About the Author:

Leni Wildflower is a coach, consultant, and teacher.Currently, she designs coaching programs at Fielding GraduateUniversity, which she also does independently for organizations,corporations, and nonprofits. She is the author of courses inchange management, conflict resolution, quality of work,leadership, and executive coaching. Wildflower envisioned anddesigned Fielding's Evidence Based Coaching certificate program.

Diane Brennan is an executive coach, consultant, andauthor. She works with leaders and teams in organizations to expandlearning and navigate change. Brennan took on leadership roles inthe International Coach Federation (ICF) in order to promote globalconversations and professionalization across the community andserved as the ICF global president in 2008. She is also thecoeditor of The Philosophy and Practice of Coaching, fromJossey-Bass.

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