1st Edition

Mindfulness for Coaches An experiential guide

By Michael Chaskalson, Mark McMordie Copyright 2018
    250 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Mindfulness for Coaches accessibly presents theory and research on the benefits of mindfulness training and explores how mindfulness can feature in coaching work. Michael Chaskalson and Mark McMordie explain how coaches can use mindfulness to become more deeply attuned to themselves and to clients, and to create transformational resonance.

    The authors present a systematic methodology to cultivate and embody a way of being that enables growth and transformation in oneself and in others. The first book of its kind, Mindfulness for Coaches provides an experiential guide, inviting and supporting coaches to engage with the programme included, sharing new qualitative research into the potential impact of mindfulness on coaching process and outcomes, and explicitly linking mindfulness practice to global standards of coaching mastery. Presented in two parts, the book first outlines a unique eight-week programme, Mindfulness for Coaches, and goes on to clarify the links between mindfulness, coaching mastery and different coaching approaches, share insights from the fields of psychotherapy, leadership and organisation development, and provide guidance for further learning.

    Mindfulness for Coaches will be insightful and inspiring reading for coaches in practice and in training, coaching psychologists and academics and students of all coaching modalities.

    Foreword by Erik de Haan

    Introduction: Mindfulness and Transformation

    Part One - Mindfulness For Coaches - The Eight Week Programme

    1. Session One: Introducing Mindfulness

    2. Session Two: Embodiment

    3. Session Three: Working With Thoughts

    4. Session Four: Empathy

    Part Two - Joining The Dots

    5. Further Development

    6. Mindfulness and Coaching Approaches

    7. Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

    8. Mindfulness and Coaching Mastery

    9. Mindfulness, Leadership and Organisation Development


    Further Reading

    Further Resources and Downloads


    About the Authors



    Michael Chaskalson is the CEO of Mindfulness Works Ltd., a leading provider of mindfulness training in the workplace. With over 40 years of personal mindfulness practice, he taught for many years at Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, UK and is a Professor of Practice, Adjunct at Ashridge Executive Education.

    Mark McMordie is CEO of The Conscious Leader, www.consciousleader.co.uk. He is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and an experienced mindfulness teacher, having trained at Bangor University's Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice and the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.


    "Mindfulness can transform your coaching." --Erik de Haan, from the Foreword


    "The beating heart of coaching is generative attention. Silken. Serene. Seamless. Michael and Mark understand this. They embody it. And they are offering to us all, eloquently, the knowledge that inhabits it. This book is a coach’s long-needed teacher." --Nancy Kline, Founder and President of Time To Think


    "Mindfulness for Coaches weaves together the wisdom of reflection, the beauty of art and years of practical clinical application. The wealth of ideas and practice presented in this illuminating work will be of great benefit and has the power to change individual and collective lives." --Shauna Shapiro, PhD; Professor, Santa Clara University, USA; author of The Art and Science of Mindfulness and Mindful Discipline: Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child


    "A must read for any coach committed to personal mastery, Mindfulness for Coaches offers us a wonderful route to a truly embodied coaching presence. This is an important book, created with heart, soul and dedication. We - and all those we coach - will benefit from the gifts that it brings." --Trudi Ryan, Executive Chair, Coachmatch


    "The book dovetails beautifully into Gestalt practice with lots of exercises that I'll adopt for myself, my students and coachees. Their explanation brings mindfulness practice to life. It is ideal for coaches to develop self-awareness and inner presence, which deepen their relationship and attunement with their coachees." --John Leary-Joyce, Founder Academy of Executive Coaching, author Fertile Void: Gestalt Coaching at Work


    "I believe mindfulness training should be a vital component of all coach training, and that all coaches would benefit from having a regular mindfulness practice. So this book is the equivalent of music to my ears. Not only very well researched, it’s very practical, laying out a clear map to follow for any coach who wants to incorporate mindfulness into their coaching practice, and their lives. If you really want to make a difference, read this book!" --Liz Hall, Coach, Author of Mindful Coaching, and Editor of Coaching at Work


    "Mindfulness for Coaches is an excellent contribution to the coaching literature, offering coaches an experiential guide to develop their mindfulness practice, while underpinning the material with links to mindfulness research and examples from the wide experience of these two hugely experienced authors. The book is essential reading for those who want to enhance their presence, focus and ability to be with the client in the present moment." --Professor Jonathan Passmore, University of Evora, Portugal and Henley Centre for Coaching and Behavioural Change

    "Mindfulness for Coaches is aimed both at coaches new to mindfulness, looking for a thorough grounding in its practice, and at practitioners with an established practice, wishing to make further and deeper connections. Having already completed an eight-week experiential course in mindfulness, I found that it was the second part of the book that particularly extended my understanding, and challenged and inspired my own practice" -- Carolyn Mumby, Coaching Today