Complex Situations in Coaching is a collection of 20 typical yet under-discussed issues in coaching, ranging from value conflicts, multiple agendas, power dynamics, emotion management, to the role of money, etc. Organized into 10 chapters, they are positioned into the literature and commented on by world-class coaches, coaching researchers, educators, and program directors. This plurality of voices is designed to foster dialogue, questions, and solutions; this setting, supportive of reflexivity, critical thinking, and diversity awareness, is essential to the development and education of coaches in an increasingly complex world where ready-made solutions prove limited. Thus, beyond a ‘toolkit approach’, this book engages in a thought-provoking and multi-perspective journey in support of the professionalization and continuous education of coaches, instructors, and/or supervisors.
"As coaching continues to mature and evolve, we begin to see some authors tackle head-on the complexities of coaching in organisations. This book contains 20 case studies, depicting some of the common challenges faced by organisational coaches, each of which is then commented on by experienced coaches and coach educators. The book is an invaluable resource that coaches can use to reflect upon their own practice, alone, in supervision, or in a more structured learning environment. I will certainly use it with my students and supervisees."
Paul Lawrence, Principal, Centre for Coaching in Organisations
"This wonderful, ambitious book provides a much-needed insight into the complex and messy world of coaching. The real-life cases, explored through a critical and reflexive engagement with cutting-edge research, beautifully capture the fascinating power dynamics of coaching relationships."
Todd Bridgman, Associate Professor, Victoria University of Wellington and Co-Editor-in-Chief, Management Learning.
"Complex Situations in Coaching is a fine addition to the coaching literature, focusing on how coaches address pertinent challenges such as multiple agendas, contracts, emotions and even violence. It is a stimulating read, with the addition of some pithy reflexive questions to engage readers in probing their own responses to the challenges. The book definitely meets its claim to generate a "thought-provoking and multi-perspective journey"."
Elaine Cox, Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University